Microsoft has officially stopped offering the consumer versions of its Windows 7 operating system to laptop partners such as Dell, HP and Lenovo. It has also withdrawn Windows 8 from sale as a retail product.
However, there is no end in sight for the Professional version of Windows 7 and Windows 8 can still be used by hardware vendors.
Microsoft's support page notes that, as of 31 October, Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate will be withdrawn from sale for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to install on machines.
This effectively means that firms such as HP or Dell now provide only new Windows 8 machines to the market, a situation they may not be too thrilled with given the poor sales and interest that Windows 8 has so far garnered.
Windows 8 has also been withdrawn from sales, as a standalone retail offering, but can still be bought by OEMs.
While consumers may be left frustrated by the end of Windows 7, businesses can relax at present. While the software as a standalone product was withdrawn from the market on October 31 2013, Microsoft has not listed an end date for supply to OEMs.
Furthermore, whatever date is announced, it will be at least 12 months in the future. "Microsoft will provide one year of notice prior to the end of sale date," the firm stated.
This should give companies enough time to plan for life without Windows 7. This may well involve a direct skip from Windows 7 to Windows 10, which is likely to be released before the end of next year.
Windows 10 has already been seen as a return to the tried and trusted Windows OS that businesses have been using for years, and many may hope to move straight to this platform.
Migrations from Windows versions have proved problematic of late. Microsoft's end of support for Windows XP is not having much effect on the millions of firms and individuals still using the ancient OS despite the security risks.
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