Microsoft Unsure As To When They Will Stop Selling Windows 7 To OEMs

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.

via ZDNet

  • SategB

    Not a good sign to see management vacillation. It speaks of the poor adoption rate / rejection of Windows 8 at enterprise level ( not to mention retail).

    On the plus side MSFT is listening to the customer, on the big negative it acknowledging poor execution and development of current strategy.

    • 790

      There are great opportunities for enterprise, I’m currently working on a migration project, which is more a transformation migration than what ive done before and finding the right integration points between modern and classic. The model that I’m following is delivering data centric information to modern with worker tasks in classic, using hybrid devices. the whole app distribution to corp users requires a change of mindset, but i believe this will change with some more options with the delivery of enterprise pack on phone and a win8.1 update in q1 2014. In my opinion 8.1 offers some great opportunities to rethink how IT is delivered to our customers. But that just my use case and delivery of this vision will take some time. q3 2014

  • jimski27

    Microsoft has to walk a thin line with Enterprise. Don’t want to give them a reason to look elsewhere, so OSs hang around longer than they need to. Aside from the little nits in Windows 8 that seem to bother business (the return of the Start Menu may help that) the economy still sucks, so no one wants to take on an initiative right now to upgrade/replace hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of machines. It’s just not in the budget. Maybe Microsoft needs to invest in a finance company.

    • counterblow

      and exactly where are Enterprises going to go? Companies are built on Microsoft, and to try and pry themselves away would be a very expensive and ultimately substandard undertaking. They just need to suck it up and embrace change.

  • donzebe

    Offer windows 8.1 free for 6 months to 1 year to OEM, and they will stop buying windows 7