Microsoft Stops Sales Of Windows 7 Professional To OEMs

Posted by HardOCP News 3:33 PM (CDT)

Tuesday November 01, 2016

I love Windows 7. You love Windows 7. Everybody loves Windows 7. But, let's be honest, the only way Windows 8 and Windows 10 will overtake Windows 7 in market share is by finally killing it off. Hell, even then, it's going to take a while.

The original end-of-sales deadline for Windows 7 Professional was to be Oct. 31, 2014 -- two years after the launch of Windows 8 -- but early that year Microsoft broke with practice and only called for an end to consumer systems. It left open the cut-off for Windows 7 Professional, saying it would give a one-year warning before it demanded that OEMs stop selling PCs with that edition. Microsoft issued that warning a year ago. Organizations with enterprise licensing agreements and Software Assurance -- the annuity-like program that provides additional rights -- may continue to purchase new PCs, then downgrade the OS from the already-installed Windows 10 to Windows 7 if they want to keep using the older edition.