Microsoft has stopped the sales of Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a bid to push sales of Windows 10. According to sources, the end of sales refers to the date when a relevant version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). You will not be able to buy a new PC or laptop loaded with Windows 7 or Windows 8.
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. Going forward, you will have to purchase laptops loaded only with Windows 10.
Windows 7 emerged in 2009
Windows 7 was launched in 2009 and is on sale for over seven years. Technically, Windows 7 is still the best operating system ever developed by Microsoft. In the meantime, Windows 8/8.1 was on the shelves of the retail stores since last four years. Even though Windows 7 was popular after the release of Windows 10, the market share of Windows 8 or 8.1 sharply declined.
Microsoft Windows 7 to get support
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. According to industry analysts, the end of sales is likely to provide a big boost for Windows 10.
Previously, the 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.