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At the end of this month, manufacturers will no longer be able to buy licenses from Microsoft for Windows 7 which means that the OS will start to disappear quickly from their websites.
It's unexpected, but Microsoft's latest operating system saw a slump in market share for August; Windows 8 and 8.1 both lost points for the month, while Windows 7 and XP continued to dominate.
The latest data for desktop usage share shows that Windows 8 has gained during the last month while XP has lost nearly one percent, but Windows 7 still remains dominant.
It has been two years since the release of Windows 8 and HP is still pushing Windows 7 machines to the consumer as Microsoft faces the harsh reality that Windows 8 will never replace Windows 7.
Google has released a more stable beta release of its new 64-bit Chrome browser for Windows 7 and 8, replacing the earlier Canary and Developer builds, which were first announced in June.
Early next year, Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7 but this does not mean you have to upgrade your OS to Windows 8 to keep your machine secure from external threats.
According to the latest statistics from Net Applications, more consumers now use Windows 8.1 than Windows 8 but Windows XP has nearly twice the users of Windows 8, and Windows 7 had 50% of the market.
Microsoft has now said it will continue to offer Windows 7 to the Chinese government for their PCs, now that China has banned the use of the Windows 8 operating system on government computers.
An accident at Emory University in Atlanta this week resulted in a server at the school sending out a reformat request to all of its Windows 7 PCs, including the server itself.
Net Applications' PC OS numbers for April reveal Windows XP's market share dropped by 1.4 percent compared to March but it is still installed on over a quarter of all PCs worldwide.
Microsoft has revealed more information about the upcoming new version of its Internet Explorer 11 web browser for Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7.
The March 2014 data from Net Applications shows that worldwide, Windows XP is still being used by 27.69 percent of all PCs, just a week before Microsoft releases the last public patch for the OS.
A build of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 with Enterprise mode has leaked, and the update could also be officially announced at BUILD that kicks off in early April.
The 12-year old Windows XP increased its market share again in February, according to the latest operating system data from Net Applications, which also shows Windows 8.1 adoption is stalling.
Windows 8 UX designer talks about the decisions behind the Metro interface, as well as why they were made, and why its a necessary evil that power users must endure.
Microsoft has now confirmed that sales of new PCs with Windows 7 Home Basic, Premium and Ultimate pre-installed will end October 31. Sales of Windows 7 Pro PCs still don't have a deadline.
In an unusual move, Microsoft has announced it will add two more Windows security updates, both labeled as "critical", to the two critical and three "important" updates it plans to release on Tuesday.
Microsoft has announced it will release two security updates labeled as "critical" on Tuesday, along with three that it calls "important," most of which affect various versions of Windows.
Windows XP actually increased its market share in January, according to Net Applications, and Windows 8 users are apparently not upgrading to Windows 8.1 very quickly.
Microsoft has announced that the images from their now-retired dynamic themes are available again in a series of Windows 8 "Community Showcase" themes, which also include new photos.
HP says that it is "not dropping Windows 8" from its PC lineup in a new blog post, despite a recent online campaign that was promoting the sales of new PCs with Windows 7 installed.
The home page of HP's website is currently running a promotion that has price cuts on some of their Windows 7 PCs, and using the term "back by popular demand" to describe the sale.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7's XP mode for running older applications in the OS won't go away via a patch or an update when Windows XP itself loses its support April 8th.
Microsoft has confirmed that it no longer offers the dynamic themes that it first introduced with Windows 7 in 2009, which added new images in periodic updates via an RSS feed.
Windows XP's share of the OS market dropped several percent in the last month, according to December's numbers from Net Applications, while Windows 8.1 went ahead of Windows Vista.
Microsoft has announced it has made virtual machines for both the Windows 7 and 8.1 versions of Internet Explorer 11 available on its modern.IE website, along with updates to other virtual machines.
One of the 300 people who got Valve's prototype Steam Machine this weekend has been busy posting a series of videos showing the unboxing of the device, along with a tear down and running benchmarks.
Microsoft has confirmed to Neowin that while retail sales of Windows 7 did indeed end on October 30, there is no set deadline yet for sales of PCs that have Windows 7 preinstalled.
Reports this week that Microsoft has ended retail sales of Windows 7 may be premature as its support lifecycle page has changed to show both retail and OEM sales are "to be determined".
Microsoft will release several critical security bulletins that affect all of its supported Windows operating systems on December 10th as part of its Patch Tuesday event.
The latest numbers from Steam's monthly hardware survey of its users show the use of Windows 8.1 surged up to 6.34 percent in November, compared to just 1.92 percent in October.
Windows XP's share of the OS market has been nearly the same in the last three months, according to November's numbers from Net Applications, while combined number for Windows 8 and 8.1 rose slightly.
Patch Tuesday not only brought security updates to Windows yesterday; it also bumped Internet Explorer up to version 11.0.1, with a bunch of bug fixes for the browser on Windows 8 and 8.1.
Windows XP's share of its worldwide OS market share only went down slightly in October 2013, according to Net Applications, while Windows 8.1's share went up slowly in its official debut month.
A Toshiba executive said this week that, despite the launch of Windows 8 a year ago, 99 percent of its PC sales to business customers are still based on Windows 7.
Microsoft has released an IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit for Windows 7, which could be a sign that the final Windows 7 version of Internet Explorer 11 is just about ready to launch.
Microsoft has released a new update to Windows 7 that allows users to get rid of older Windows Updates via a new Disk Cleanup wizard that should free up some disc space.
Windows XP lost over two percent of its worldwide OS market share in September 2013, according to Net Applications, while Windows 8 made a slight percentage gain in the same month.
PC maker Xi3, who once partnered with Valve on developing its "Steam Machines" efforts, is teasing an announcement relating to its own PISTON gaming PC that will be revealed Monday.
Microsoft reportedly stated at their company meeting on Thursday they don't plan to support Windows 7 as long as they have with Windows XP, as they hope more businesses use Windows 8.1.
The UK government has issued guidelines for its departments that will allow employees to use their own mobile and PC devices at work, including products that use Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and more.
During today's financial analyst meeting, Microsoft said that Windows XP currently has 21 percent of the worldwide OS market share, with the goal of cutting that down to below 13 percent by April 8.
Many Intel Centrino 6230/6235 Wi-Fi adapter users have been suffering from disconnection and general poor performance issues and complainers are seeing their Intel forum accounts deleted.
Microsoft has announced that it will release 14 security bulletin updates on Tuesday, September 10th for various software products, which will be the most bulletins in one month so far in 2013.
Windows XP lost over three percent of the worldwide OS market share in August 2013, according to Net Applications, which may show more users are finally abandoning the 12 year old operating system.
Microsoft has announced it will release three critical security bulletins covering many currently supported versions of Windows on Tuesday, August 13, as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday event.
The 64-bit version of Windows 8 is now officially the second most used OS for Valve's Steam service, even though Valve founder Gabe Newell called the OS a ''catastrophe' a year ago.
The latest numbers from Net Applications show that Windows XP still holds onto 37.19 percent of the worldwide desktop OS market share, eight months before it loses its support.
Microsoft has announced that some developers in San Francisco will be getting free cupcakes delivered to them today, courtesy of the company's Internet Explorer development team.