The Dreaded News for Some Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Users

by Carlos F Corvera

If you have a quick look at Microsoft’s “Windows lifecycle fact sheet” one date will stand out October 31, 2016, that will be the end date for sales for PCs with windows 7 and 8.1 preinstalled.

What does this mean for consumers, well it looks like your only options will be Windows 10 with the exception of businesses that hold a license agreement that gives them the option to select which version of Windows they would like preinstalled on their Pc’s.

Microsoft has set themselves an enormous target of Windows 10 powering 1 BILLION devices, hence the strategic move to phase out windows 7 and 8.1. The other selling point of Windows 10 to consumers is that it is an operation system for all devices, meaning application will look and run the same whether they are being used on your Windows Phone or Desktop.  
For users who love and think Windows 7 has been the best operating system since Windows XP, Microsoft has actually been kind. Why, well windows 7’s retirement date was meant to be October 2014, because Microsoft characteristically retires an O.S two years after the release a new iteration.

Since Windows 8 did not do so well in the market, Microsoft had to extend the life of windows 7. Now for the good news, users who are still using Windows 7 on their desktops or laptops will have technical support until January 14, 2020. This means you will still be able to receive security patches, bug fixes, and other updates. The same specification applies to Windows 8 the only difference is the end date for technical support will be January 10, 2023.
For the users who are keen to upgrade to Windows 10 which launched in the latter part of July 2015, can still upgrade for free for one year provide they are using Windows 7, Windows 8, and 8.1.
Our outlook is that anyone who is currently using windows operating system at some point will be using Windows 10 it is just a matter of time!

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