Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows 8 will no longer be sold in a retail pack. This is the first step of Microsoft moving forward with Windows 10 waiting in the wings.
This is nothing new as Microsoft already announced this date a while ago. Sales for Windows 7 and Windows 8 are up as people are stilling slowly retiring Windows XP even thou it is a huge security risk.
Microsoft is still planning on launching Windows 10 in late 2015. As of October 31st, Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 will no longer be available to consumers. This change applies to stores and pre-loaded PCs and laptops however this will take some time as PC makers have large stocks of Windows 7 and 8.
Like others, Windows 7 has a lifecycle.
The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Here are some key dates in Microsoft’s lifecycle which will keep you informed on how to make proper decisions about when to upgrade.
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
Windows 7 Professional will remain, and those who wish to run it will be able to “downgrade” from Windows 8.1. Windows 7 has been more successful that its successor Windows 8. Interestingly, over 53% per cent of Windows users are using Windows 7 while Windows 8 only has 6% of the market.