Last week Microsoft announced it would stop selling Windows 7 to OEMs on October 30, 2014. But it appears that might have been a mistake and the Redmond software giant released this statement:
“We have yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled. The October 30, 2014 date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error. We have since updated the website to note the correct information; however, some non-English language pages may take longer to revert to correctly reflect that the end of sales date is ‘to be determined.’ We apologize for any confusion this may have caused our customers. We’ll have more details to share about the Windows 7 lifecycle once they become available.”
The company has however confirmed that the end of availability of boxed copies of Windows 7 sold at retail was indeed, October 30, 2013. Mainstream support for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed is not expiring until January 13, 2015. Microsoft will continue to provide security fixes for Windows 7 for free until the end of extended support, which is January 14, 2020.
Personally I think Microsoft provides Windows support for far too long which drags the whole company down.