Microsoft extends sales of Windows 7 Pro PCs until 2016
Yesterday, we reported that Windows 10 now runs on almost 8% of desktops.
A major point of the article, was that Windows 7 continues dominate the PC market, with a usage share above 55%.
This is a real surprise given that the retail sales of the operating system’s licenses ended long ago in 2013. The move was made, in order to boost the sales of Windows 8, which I don’t need to tell you, was a complete disaster. Naturally, people skipped the operating system, in favour of the more successful predecessor.
So, how is it that Windows 7 continues to boast such an incredible userbase. It is because there are still many new PCs which come with the operating system pre-installed. Microsoft ended the mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, but it will will continue to receive extended support until January 14, 2020.
And the fact that is an established and user friendly version of Windows, means that it is the popular choice for many. Many people have downgraded back to Windows 7, after not finding that Windows 10 is up to their liking, and who can blame them really?
Now is it a surprise that Microsoft has given the nod to continue selling the PCs which come with the classic operating system? Not really.
TechnoBuffalo reports that the Redmond company has updated the Windows lifecycle fact sheet, which now states that Windows 7 PCs sales has been extended until October 31st, 2016. It is just about a year from now. Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Pro as it is commonly referred to, is the only edition of the operating system, for which the green signal has been given. Sales of all other editions namely: Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate were stopped in October 2014.
If you are wondering why Microsoft needs to approve retailers to sell a PC with Windows 7, it is because manufacturers like Dell, Toshibha, HP, etc, need to get a special OEM license from the Redmond company to ship their PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed. This is currently the only way to get a new Windows 7 license.
And interestingly, October 31st 2016, also happens to be the date, on which Windows 8.1 Pro PCs sales will also end. But unlike its predecessor, I don’t think 8.1 will be receiving special treatment, because it never really took off, and is already on the verge of being surpassed by Windows 10.