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Death of Windows 7 OEM Sales Posted in Error

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.

  • killabanks
    still not getting it
  • goodguy713
    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.
  • SteelCity1981
    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.
  • tburns1
    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!.
  • dextermat
    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.
  • house70
    That kinda big oopsie, ain't it?
  • ta152h
    The answer for Microsoft is not Windows 7, as it's outdated and slow. Windows 8.1 adds a lot of nice things, and it significantly faster. Windows 7 must die, there's no point in it. It's too slow. Windows XP is at least fast and doesn't consume so many resources.

    The answer is Windows 8 done right. So far, it's been shackled with a miserable interface, that requires user customization to make it productive. Windows 8.2 is supposed to be what we want - a better Windows 7, and it better be.

    Windows 7 sucks. I use 8.1 and don't want to go back to it. It's obsolete and slow. It has no reason to exist, except Microsoft keeps being stupid with Windows 8.

    Windows 8.1 is clearly better than Windows 7 for most people here, since we can customize it and make it work the way we need it to, but that's not the point. The mass of people that have to deal with the excruciatingly annoying interface and don't have the skill to customize it properly are being disserviced by this idiotic tablet interface.

    But, folks, we should be happy about all this. Microsoft thought they could bludgeon the market and force whatever they wanted on it, and failed miserably. Now they know they have to answer to us, because we finally, collectively, rejected their BS product and forced them to change it.

    Buying something that requires extensive customization to work properly on its intended device, or being forced to use an obsolete OS instead is not acceptable, unless you have no choice. Now we have choices, and Microsoft has to make better ones because of it.

    It looks like 8.2 will be what we want. If it is, you'll forget about Windows 7, if it isn't, you'll forget about Microsoft. It's up to them.
  • Patrick Tobin
    Windows 8.1 is great. It may not have a ton of better features but they're all in the right places.
  • Geef
    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. :)
  • dimar
    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.