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Retirement Date Announced for Windows 7 and 8.1

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Microsoft has announced that October 31, 2016 will be the last day that OEM manufacturers such as Dell and Lenovo will be able to sell PCs with Windows 7 or 8.1 installed. It is unclear if Microsoft will also stop the sales of standalone versions of Windows 7 and 8 on that date as well. Microsoft does this with all of its Operating Systems to encourage upgrades to newer versions of Windows. Microsoft traditionally set the end date at two years after the release of a new version, but extended the Windows 7 deadline to "allow PC makers to continue to pre-install Windows 7." This announcement joins other recent announcements that the company will start preloading Windows 10 on Windows 7 and 8 PCs next year and the stated goal of having Windows 10 on 1 billion systems.

Source: The Verge



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road-runner on November 03, 2015 23:34

Screw em, think I will go to linux when they quit giving updates to win 7

bp9801 on November 04, 2015 00:22

Screw em, think I will go to linux when they quit giving updates to win 7

 
Mainstream support for Windows 7 already ended. Extended support is scheduled to end January 14, 2020, which is when all updates stop. Windows XP already had its extended support end, with Vista due up in January, 2017. There's a ten-year life cycle for updates, always has been. All this article is about is how you won't be able to buy a pre-built desktop or laptop with Windows 7 or 8.1 already on it.


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