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Microsoft: Windows 7 remains on sale in 2017

Microsoft: Windows 7 remains on sale in 2017
Microsoft: Windows 7 remains on sale in 2017
Windows 7 will be sold alongside new PC in 2017. Although Microsoft still won´t allow official Kaby Lake support for the older operating system, the OEMs still have a way to offer new systems with Windows 7 preloaded.

There are many reports out in the internet right now reporting about the impending end of sale for PCs with Windows 7 on October 31st. However, it seems that Microsoft has revoked that date, at least if you believe the biggest PC manufacturer Lenovo. According to Lenovo, Microsoft gave up on that end of sales date with the announcement about the prolonged Windows 7 support in August. This change was not communicated with the rest of the world, it seems that Microsoft kept that little secret to itself and its partners.

This means that Windows 7 Professional licenses are going to be supplied to the PC OEMs even after October 31st. Despite this, Microsoft still won´t support Windows 7 for Intel´s new platform Kaby Lake.

Even so, the PC makers still have the option to sell Windows 7 equipped PCs – they can simply offer their PCs with Intels old platform Skylake. The same thing is true for AMD based PCs, manufacturers can use Carrizo instead of the newer platforms. This is exactly what Lenovo is going to do.

The change in Microsoft´s plans is most important for business customers, who will still have the option to buy new Windows 7 hardware in 2017. For Microsoft, this feels like a defeat. After all, the company wants its customers to move to Windows 10 as fast as possible.


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Benjamin Herzig, 2016-10- 2 (Update: 2016-10- 2)