In an attempt to push the sales of Windows 10, Microsoft has finally stopped the sales of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
It has been reported that US tech giant Microsoft has ended the sales for both Windows operating systems, and these can no longer be bought with a new Computer.
Reportedly, Microsoft defined End of sales saying, “End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often pre-install Windows software.”
According to the reports, the crucial point is that OEMs were the last official way to still get copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8. It was because Microsoft already stopped retail sales to consumers two years ago. This development means that the PC manufacturers such as Asus, Dell, Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, and Acer will not ship new PCs with either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Right now, few manufacturers are selling laptops with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. This will not be possible from now onwards. As a result of this decision, every new Windows PC will come with Windows 10 and users will no longer have ‘downgrade rights’ to attain it with a previous edition.
It is to be noted that Windows 7 was launched in 2009 and was on sale for seven years however, Windows 8/8.1 was on sale for just four years. Technically, Windows 7 is still the best operating system ever developed by Microsoft, reports claimed. Even though Windows 7 was popular after the release of Windows 10, the market share of Windows 8 or 8.1 sharply declined, it added.
In a relief to many existing users, Microsoft has announced that it will continue to provide support for Windows 7 until January 2020 despite the discontinuation of sales. Talking about Windows 8.1, you can avail support till January 2023. Analysts have claimed that the end of sales is very much likely to give the flatlining Windows 10 a boost.
Earlier this year, Redmond-based company had announced the rollout of two major updates for Windows 10 in 2017. You can expect the launch of the first major update for 2017 namely Redstone 2 in early 2017. However, you will have to wait till 2017 summer to experience Redstone 3. We expect the release of previews for Redstone 2 before Q1 2017.