No more Windows 7 : Microsoft stopped selling windows 7
As of late last week, Microsoft stopped selling the consumer versions of Windows 7 Home Basic, Premium and Ultimate to computer manufacturers. Once the supply runs out, you won’t be able to get a new computer with that software installed.
Only Windows 7 Professional was spared, so businesses that need more computers with the software don’t need to worry — at least, until next year.
The changes affect companies that build PCs. Microsoft already stopped selling Windows 7 software packages to the regular public in 2013, but now original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can’t license it, either, meaning they can’t build more computers with Windows 7 as the default operating system.
It’s unclear how many PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed are still in stock; it might take some time to notice its dismissal.
The Windows Lifecycle chart for sales below summarizes the important dates we know.
End of sales
End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software. When a version of Windows reaches its end of sales date, it’s a good time to think about upgrading.
This table gives end of sales dates for specific Windows operating systems.
Service packs and updates
Service packs and updates are part of the process of keeping your Windows product up to date. Service packs combine the latest updates and fixes into one package or download. A service pack can include security and performance improvements as well as support for new types of hardware. To install the latest service pack for Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, or to install the latest update for Windows 8, visit the Service Pack Center.
Mainstream support from Microsoft for Windows 7 will end in January 2015.
Microsoft cut off retail sales of Windows 8 on Friday, so consumers can’t buy the software package after supplies right out. In other words, you won’t be able to walk into a store and buy a Windows 8 box set much longer. OEMs still have that option, though.
Windows 8’s retail lifespan just exceeded two years; it was first available for purchase on Oct. 26, 2012. That’s much shorter than a traditional software cycle for a Windows operating system.
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