As the evolution of Windows software continues, the retail sales of Windows 7 has slowly come to an end according to Microsoft on Friday. The company slowly has ended the retail sales of Windows 7, but made it official on its website, which will urge Windows 8 sales to many.
The move to end the retail sales of Windows 7 is a shock to many, as Windows 7 has been a huge seller among all the Microsoft channels, including retail. But, by ending the reatil sales, Microsoft will be able to all of its retail attention on the Windows 8.1 rollouts at the retail level.
October 30th Deadline Announced
Rumors have circulated among the tech world that Microsoft would be looking to end the sales of Windows 7, and it did so via its web site. On the Microsoft site, the end of life sales for PC’s with preinstalled Windows 7 was listed with an October 30th date.This gives 7 years of support for the Windows 7 operating system for users.
The move to end retail sales of Windows 7 with the October 30th date is puzzling though, since the holiday season is just around the corner. Many have speculated that Microsoft would announce and come out with the end of October sales date, but many thought that the company might extend it through the end of the year. Apparently, Microsoft wanted to end it sooner rather than later.
Full Windows 8.1 Support
While Windows 7 is still available in various channels and via OEM partners across the web, Microsoft is telling its retail partners that they want to sell Windows 8.1 to users. They are allowing OEM partners to still sell PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 for a limited time, but are urging them to get Windows 8.1 on the machines.
The company clearly wants to sell more Windows 8.1 machines and software. The holiday season is very important for Microsoft, and getting Windows 8.1 to consumers to use and appreciate is also very important. Most PC vendors will be making the switch to discontinue most Windows 7 machines, and making Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 the only choice.
I am surprised by this move, but respect Microsoft for it. Windows 8 is the future, and as popular as Windows 7 was, it needs to move on.