Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 are now being discontinued

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Microsoft has announced that it has stopped supplying Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

New York, 2nd Nov., 2016, Red Newswire/-

It’s quite natural to move on to the latest and discard the outdated. Although Microsoft has been a company that upgrades very quickly, the Redmond giant took a bit longer than usual to discontinue its previous iterations of Windows. We saw the tech giant stop the distribution of Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses to OEMs two years, but Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses were still available.

Well, this has all changed now. The Redmond giant stopped the distribution of licenses of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 on October 31st, 2016 to OEMs. This means Microsoft’s PC partners and systems builders no longer have access to any new licenses of the aforementioned OSs.

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Users looking for the two older operating systems will have to hurry to get them, as only systems in stock currently will be shipping with them. Any new system manufactured by Microsoft Windows OEMs will ship directly with Windows 10.

Windows 7 users will already know that Microsoft had stopped providing Mainstream Support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. For those who don’t know, Mainstream support includes everything from free incident support, warranty claims, fixes for non-security bugs to security bugs, plus design changes and feature requests.

Personally, I would rather prefer a PC with Windows 10 running instead of seeking out the older operating systems. There are many reasons for that, including the lack of support on the outdated OSs. Not just that, Windows 10 is very different from its predecessors, in the sense that it’s built like a service. This means Microsoft will keep providing support for the latest OS for years to come and you will also get the latest updates for free.

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Even new features and performance enhancements will be out for no cost at all. Here’s the Windows Lifecycle chart that summarises this report.

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