Microsoft: Sales of PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 have no deadline yet

This weekend, we noted that Microsoft's lifecycle page for its Windows products had changed for Windows 7. Previously, the page said retail sales of the OS ended on October 30th, and that sales of PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled would end on October 30, 2014. Then the page was changed, showing that the dates for both categories had changed to "To be determined."

We contacted Microsoft for comment and got a response from a spokesperson, who indeed confirmed that while retail software sales of Windows 7 have now ended, there is no set deadline yet for PC OEMs to stop selling Windows 7 PCs. Here is the full 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. Additionally, we are confirming that the Retail software end of sales date for Windows 7 did happen on October 30, 2013.

Windows 7 is still the most used OS on PCs, according to Net Applications, and many businesses looking to upgrade from Windows XP when its support ends on April 8th may decide to upgrade to Windows 7 PCs rather than Windows 8.

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Its important that MS keep an OS for sale and available that people actually want. The Windows 8 debacle is probably one reason why PC sales are in a steep decline.

Exactly this. If Windows 9 looks anything like 8.1, I'll be telling that many more people, "especially baby boomers", buy a MAC.

A very wise decision on Microsoft's part. The huge mess they created with Windows-8 is finally (!!) getting through to the very questionable wizards who thought up the Metro UI. They might be realizing that people having to do serious work on their laptops and desktops are finding out that Windows-8 has a totally inappropriate UI, and will not be upgrading.

TsarNikky said,
A very wise decision on Microsoft's part. The huge mess they created with Windows-8 is finally (!!) getting through to the very questionable wizards who thought up the Metro UI. They might be realizing that people having to do serious work on their laptops and desktops are finding out that Windows-8 has a totally inappropriate UI, and will not be upgrading.

i better stop doing my serious work on w 8.1 and install something else. And there was me thinking that i was working more effectively with 8.1!

You "can" do serious work on it as a giant 27" tablet with 4" buttons and smudged up screen, BUT WHY?

Why would I want a smaller screen on my desktop for "serious" work, and not a 22"-27"? Why would I not want the icons all on my desktop or taskbar on a larger screen?

@amigaman - Can you believe its not all about you? Obviously some people don't mind Windows 8 but popular opinion is against you. Now get on with your serious work and stop making dumb posts.

Don't mind and Like are not the same words. Many people don't mind doing things they HATE after a period of time, but that does not make things in any way better!

justmike said,
You "can" do serious work on it as a giant 27" tablet with 4" buttons and smudged up screen, BUT WHY?

Why would I want a smaller screen on my desktop for "serious" work, and not a 22"-27"? Why would I not want the icons all on my desktop or taskbar on a larger screen?

I don't know what you're talking about..."smaller screens"? I have three 24" monitors, all running at 1920x1200, and Windows 8.1 does as good a job of using them as any other OS. Bonus: This is all running off of my Surface Pro, so if I want a "smudged up screen", I also have the option.

Until they unf*ck Windows 8 (which from the sound of things they may finally do) they won't stop offering Win 7. Windows 7 still accounts for 99% of enterprise sales due to the overwhelming public rejection of the failed Metro UI.

It looks like some one at MS still have some sense. Win 7 is going to last very long till MS return back Start Menu and get rid of Metro.

Auditor - the ONLY reason that you (and others) are insisting that ModernUI has to go is due to your insistence on a pointing-device-centric UX, which even you admit that the Start menu very much is. The real "sin" ModernUI commits is that it's not reliant on a pointing device. Is it reliant on touch? No - not any more than Android is, or than iOS is. I use a traditional desktop, that doesn't support touch in any way, shape, or form, yet I have not a lick of trouble using the StartScreen - even when my mouse (USB and wireless) sticks (which is something that can't be said for the Start menu, which, unlike the StartScreen, can NOT be used without pointing-device support).

Um. I always use the start menu without pointing device and with just my keyboard.

The problem isn't that the Start Screen doesn't work with a mouse and keyboard, it's just that it works much less comfortably.

Wrong! I'm using 8.1, and I've used Metro 2x in the last 3 weeks, and that was just to see what I could find in the store, and to find "where in the hell did it install my shortcut" files! Why on earth would I want to search for something I never had to search for in the past?!?

I am a gamer, this is my gaming laptop. What do I need Metro for?

However, I do need a larger list of games that work correctly with a mouse without me having to change things in the regestry after one of the most dumb sounding fixes from MS ever, "that do not work anyway" after applying!!

I would also like to turn UAC "OFF" in 8.1, and have another default browser other than IE, without "breaking" the Metro browser!! Someone should start another MS antitrust case ASAP!

As long as Windows 7 disks are offered I'm fine. I just need access to purchase a copy when someone calls me to install Windows 7 on their brand new laptop or desktop.

Most stock has indeed gone. I do know, however through my charitable work that refurbishers can still buy and load Windows 7 onto refurbished PCs, in fact I don't even think Windows 8 is being offered through the RRP yet

Does this really matter? I have not seen a single Windows 7 machine being sold at big box store for several months now. OEMs may still be allowed to sell Windows 7 machines, but I haven't seen any in quite a while.

Ok, so? Wasn't the article posted to Neowin a few days ago clamoring over the possibility that Windows 7 would return to retail?

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WhatTheSchmidt said,
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Dot Matrix said,

No, no. Step 3 is ???, step 4 is profit! ;P

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