Have you been able to purchase a Microsoft Windows 7 OS disc from your local retailer since November 2013? We guess nope! Microsoft has quietly discontinued the sales on October 30, 2013. However, the Windows 7 pre-installed laptops or desktops might be available till 30th October 2014.
When Microsoft released its Windows 8 OS to general public in October 2012 and when Windows 8.1 update released in October 27, 2013, the company hasn’t revealed any Windows 7 discontinuation notice. But Microsoft’s Windows Lifecycle fact sheet tells,
“End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMs are Dell and Toshiba – PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software. When a version of Windows reaches its end of sales date, it’s a good time to think about upgrading.”
It also states that the Windows 7 Service Pack 1’s mainstream support will be ending on January 13 2015 and the end of the extended support on January 14, 2020.
As of the last month, from total of 51.3% Windows computers, 46.6% PCs were running on Windows 7, according to Web measurement vendor Net Applications.
Meanwhile, the company hasn’t stopped selling the Windows 7 retail boxes, Amazon, Newegg and even Microsoft Store Australia also selling the OS. Once the end date passes, then you will not be able to see a new Windows 7 devices in market anymore.