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Death of Windows 7 OEM Sales Posted in Error

By - Source: Computerworld | B 26 comments

Windows 7 for OEMs still may have some life left.

Last week we reported that Microsoft quietly updated its operating system lifecycle chart with the end of sale dates for Windows 7. The company discontinued the sale of Windows 7 as a standalone retail product on October 30, 2013, followed by the end of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled on October 30, 2014. That has now changed.

The chart now shows the end of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled as "to be determined." A Microsoft rep told Computerworld that the company has yet to determine when Windows 7 will no longer be sold to OEMs. The date posted last week was done so in error.

"We are confirming that the retail software end of sales date for Windows 7 did happen on October 30, 2013," the Microsoft rep said. So much for buying a copy at Best Buy or Office Depot.

Typically, Microsoft will stop selling an older operating system in retail around one year after its successor hits the market. The company also typically waits two years after the launch of the new version to halt the delivery of the older OS to OEMs. The previous October 30, 2014 OEM end of sales date for Windows 7 fits the pattern.

Computerworld speculates that Microsoft may be telling OEMs that very date, but did not want to publicize the information at this time. "We'll have more details to share about the Windows 7 lifecycle once they become available," a Microsoft rep said on Tuesday.

As pointed out last week, Microsoft's end-of-retail-sales date is a meaningless deadline, as many online retailers will continue to sell the software long after Microsoft pulls the plug. Although Microsoft itself has pulled Windows 7 from its virtual shelves, Amazon remains stocked full of various versions of Windows 7, as does tech specialist Newegg. Even some of Newegg's partners still carry Windows Vista and Windows XP.

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    killabanks , December 13, 2013 7:48 AM
    still not getting it
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    goodguy713 , December 13, 2013 8:52 AM
    Yea I was thinking they would shoot their selves in the foot if they pulled the plug on windows 7 .. I still wont use windows 8 until they make more changes and Im not interested in modding my windows 8. i might upgrade to 8.1 but the differences are so minimal that its like why? when windows 7 dose every 8 will. call me old school or what not if you like but i honestly think tablet interfaces have no place on the desk top unless your using a touch screen and .. I would never buy touch screen monitor i would have to wipe down every 10 minutes.
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    SteelCity1981 , December 13, 2013 8:57 AM
    love windows 7 I have no intentions of upgrading to windows 8. I hate the fact that there is no real start menu, no real aero glass which makes the taskbar and windows frame ugly to look at and no way to disable metro.
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    tburns1 , December 13, 2013 9:11 AM
    First time I saw the Metro interface, I thought it looked like something you could do on a commodore 64 screen. "Wow, 16 colors! Let's play Jumpman!.
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    dextermat , December 13, 2013 9:41 AM
    They are forcing windows 8 because people will have to go on windows store to get software. Therefore, piracy will disappear further down the line. I am guessing that with windows 10, you will have to go through windows store for software.
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    house70 , December 13, 2013 10:09 AM
    That kinda big oopsie, ain't it?
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    Patrick Tobin , December 13, 2013 10:37 AM
    Windows 8.1 is great. It may not have a ton of better features but they're all in the right places.
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    Geef , December 13, 2013 10:44 AM
    I'm just glad that way back when I upgraded to windows I did it by buying the Windows 7 Family pack 3X. So I will always have three copies. :) 
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    dimar , December 13, 2013 12:02 PM
    Windows 8.1 allows you to go straight to the desktop (Taskbar properties, Navigation, ...go to the desktop instead of start). Then use Classic Shell to get the Start Menu. I prefer Classic with two columns. The new Task Manager and Copy interface with graph is worth it.
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    billgatez , December 13, 2013 12:16 PM
    @ ta152h. How is 7 slow and out dated. It's boot time's are only a second slower then Win 8 and it runs every thing that 8 can other then those crappy Apps that no one uses.
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    adamhc , December 13, 2013 12:55 PM
    Hmm... I have Windows 8 on my new laptop. Is it worth the learning curve? That all depends. Windows 8 does have some nice features (for touch screen machines) but other than that I see no reason for Microsoft or OEMs to "force it upon us unless there are some real improvements to the usability aspect. Yes I can downgrade legally to windows 7 with the windows 8 key but IMHO its not worth the trouble. As far as Windows 8.2 goes they need to fix the mouse lag issues with windows 8.1 first!!
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    punahou1 , December 13, 2013 1:13 PM
    I wouldn't mind trying the upgrade from 7 to 8.1 The only problem is that the Microsoft site says I have to reinstall all my software and that is going to take some time. Plus I have already used my three licenses of Office 2007 and so I'm guessing that's going to fail right off the bat. I sure wish Microsoft could develop a more user friendly upgrade path....
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    RCguitarist , December 13, 2013 1:47 PM
    Haha, ta152h must work for Microsoft. Windows 7 is fast, not slow at all. I have used windows 8.1 on a family member's pc and it is actually slower than 7. I honestly cannot find a single thing I like about it. I'll keep my dual boot XP/7 setup until Microsoft gets itself together and actually releases an improvement.
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    colson79 , December 13, 2013 2:47 PM
    Yep, ta152h is on something. Windows 8 isn't significantly faster than Windows 7 as he states. It is sightly faster as a few things but nothing noticeable. I have Windows 8.1 on my work laptop but I run 7 at home and I hate windows 8.1 The interface sucks.
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    catswold , December 13, 2013 3:47 PM
    @punahou1, your difficulty is irrelevant, Office 2007 doesn't work with 8.1. The clever b'tards didn't include support when the revised 7.

    Microsoft, always forward thinking . . . /rolleyes
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    ta152h , December 13, 2013 4:13 PM
    @Billgatez It's not one second faster, I'm guessing you already know that. They did tests and the bootup and shutdown times are significantly faster than Windows 7.

    They also did the normal slew of benchmarks, which show Windows 8.1 isn't much faster, maybe 6% or so. This includes games, of course. But, I read the review on this, and was pretty surprised by such a low number (6%), until I read the final verdict. When you use Windows 8, it just does everything faster. Everything seems snappier. 6% seems low to me, but it all depends on what you're measuring.

    After being surprised by the low number, the reviewer than said that it made a big difference, because it didn't have all the choppiness of Windows 7, but I guess that part didn't show up.

    I'm not going to lie, I was prepared to hate Windows 8.1. I bought it because I could get the retail version for $110 instead of $300 for Windows 7, that's it. After I installed it, I was pretty surprised at the speed. You'd have to use it to see what I mean. After I customized it and learned all the new features, I prefer it to Windows 7.

    I use Windows 7 at work still, and I can't say I hate it by any stretch, while I do hate some things about Windows 8, but it feels really old in a way that Windows XP never felt to me when Windows 7 came out. Windows 8 is a better OS, no question there, and the answer isn't to keep using a miserable OS like 7, which truly sucks, just not as bad as Vista. It's just too slow, and too demanding of resources. Windows 8 fixed that part, at least somewhat, and added nice features. The answer isn't going back to the obsolete and inefficient Windows 7, it's to use the superior OS in Windows 8, and make the interface actually usable on the desktop.

    I could understand people like Windows XP (I preferred Windows 2000), because it did what you needed, didn't require a lot of resources, and did things fast. Windows 7 is a bloated, flatulent pig. We only accepted it because Vista was such a nightmare, it seemed good, and because Windows 8 has an absurd interface for the desktop. But, it's only good by comparison with two failures, not on its own merit.

    That's why XP still commands over 30% of the market, despite being replaced over seven years old. People don't want the Windows 7 bloat, so they have to cling to a very old OS, because the new one still sucks.

    They fixed one problem, and then created another with the stupid interface. When they move to an appropriate interface, and with the Windows 7 gas problem less of an issue in Windows 8, they'll have a winner.

    They haven't since Windows 2000 in my opinion, or Windows XP in the opinion of many others. That's why they still hold on. If Windows 7 were truly a good OS, Windows XP would be virtually forgotten. As it is, it will only disappear due to lack of hardware support (which is the only reason I didn't use it).
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    thxext , December 13, 2013 7:33 PM
    Windows XP is still around because it costs companies an arm and leg to upgrade and the majority of home users just don't care. We are the minority in this and that is why MS does not care what we say.
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    DjEaZy , December 13, 2013 8:57 PM
    Death of Windows 7 OEM Sales Posted in Error? It better be!!!
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    antilycus , December 13, 2013 9:40 PM
    10 years and MS will lose it's spot. Developers will move to Anroid / Linux where all this " doesnt work with this" or "force to upgrade to that" isnt jammed down their throat. Office is slowly losing it's edge to the free programs like LibreOffice which let you open, create and save in any document format including office 2013. Free vs 100+ hmmm I wonder. I see more and more ODT (Open Document standard which means nothing propertary) more and more in teh work place and in personal life.
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