Microsoft Windows 7 Launched
Latest edition of Windows, the Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 7 is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft, a version of Windows NT. Microsoft is approaching the next cut-off date in Windows 7’s lifecycle this month. Here’s what is and isn’t happening after October 31, 2014.
I’ve gotten a few questions from concerned readers about a fast-approaching deadline date for Windows 7. After October 31, 2014 — Microsoft will no longer provide its PC partners or systems builders with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and/or Ultimate to preinstall on new PCs. This means that OEMs will be able to continue to sell their stock of PCs running these versions of Windows 7, but they won’t be allowed to replenish their supply.
Video about Windows 7
(Last year, on October 31, Microsoft ceased selling shrink-wrapped copies of Windows 7 at retail.)
That looming October 31, 2014 deadline does not apply to PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional, however. Microsoft officials said again this week they still have not yet gone public with the end of sales cut-off date for PCs running Windows 7 Pro. That lack of a firm cut-off date is a good thing for business users who are still leery of Windows 8 and waiting to hear more about Windows Threshold/Windows 9 before committing to buying PCs with those versions of Windows preinstalled.
Source: Mary Jo Foley