Microsoft is Ending Windows 7 and 8.1 Next NovemberNovember 11, 2015 By kirsten
Microsoft’s last life-cycle sheet clearly shows that the era of windows 7 and 8 will soon be over. The report was updated at the end of October. So, if you want to get a PC that has preinstalled windows 7 or 8 you better hurry. You have less than a year till Microsoft settles for windows 10 only. This major change was caught by ZDNet, CNET’s sister site. After the decision is finalized the customers will have no other option but to use windows 10, since it will be the only option. Only businesses with license agreements will have the options to choose which windows they want to use i.e. have preinstalled.
Customers’ reactions to windows 10:
Customers will start feeling pressured to switch so the new windows 10. Even in the last couple of months all windows users have probably noticed that Microsoft has been pushing the new windows 10 by constantly popping it out as a message on the task bar. Lot of customers have grown fond of windows 7 and 8, so they may be shocked to realize they won’t be able to buy a new PC or laptop with other operating system than windows 10. Microsoft’s tactic is to push forward the steps toward having Windows 10 power 1 billion devices. The whole idea behind pushing the windows 10 is that the new software is able to bring together mobile phones, PCs and tablets through the apps that can run on all of the devices.
Why Microsoft is ending these versions of windows:
What most people don’t realize is that the windows 7 and 8 versions actually stayed on the market a lot longer than others have had. The end of sales usually happens two years after a new version is released. To sum up, we have been using windows 7 one year longer than what was meant for its lifecycle. That is because last year in October the windows 7 finished the 2 years of existence after the new windows 8 was released. The reason why Microsoft decided to keep the 7th version alive is because the market for the windows 8 wasn’t big enough.
Can you stick to windows 7 and 8 if you want to?
The answer is yes. Those of you not willing to let go of the older versions of windows will be able to receive technical support, bug fixes, updates and security patches until 14th of January, 2020. The same support for windows 8 will run a few years longer than for the seven, or to be exact, until 10th of January, 2023. Even though there is a lot of time until the end of windows 7 and 8 comes, Microsoft doesn’t stop pushing the 10th version to customers. This new operating system came out near the end of July this year. It is also free to download as an update to the existing versions. Pop-up notices are constantly reminding people that they have the option to install the newest version without any fees. The windows 10 has been classified as an optional update. According to the vice president, Terry Myerson, that will soon be changed to a recommended update.