Friday, 06 December 2013 16:10
Microsoft has announced this week that they've ended retail sales of Windows 7. This doesn't mean that Windows 7 is going to disappear as many stores have lots of copies left, it just means that Microsoft is trying to push people wanting a new OS over to Windows 8. OEM computer makers still have until October 2014 to use Windows 7 on new PC's but after that (if Microsoft has their way) you will be limited to Windows 8 if you buy a new PC that features Windows. NetworkWorld has the full story.
Microsoft has quietly ended retail sales of Windows 7, according to a notice on its website.
The company's policies for shutting off sales to retailers and shipping licenses to OEMS (original equipment manufacturers) are posted on its site, which was recently updated to show that Windows 7's "retail end of sales" date was Oct. 30.
The next deadline, marked as "End of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled," will be Oct. 30, 2014, less than a year away.