Windows 7 OEM
Thanks to the OEM end date which just passed, computer manufacturers will no longer be handing out preinstalled Windows 7 machines. This is the beginning of the end for what was the most popular OS in the world. With end of support looming up, this is still one of the most commonly used OS on PCs.
What Windows 7 loses come January is mainstream support; existing customers will still be able to avail extended support until we hit 2020. The new PCs being rolled out will no longer have this OS option; instead, we’ll be getting Windows 8.1, which is the only OS that Microsoft is still selling. Windows 10 is set to come out sometime next year, and might well be an answer to some of our prayers.
Windows 7′s enterprise edition will still be available for business and organizations willing to pay, but premium payments aren’t something the average buyer can cough up. Windows 8.1 with Bing is the current OEM version of Microsoft’s most hated product, but it’s so much cheaper than Windows 7 Enterprise, that there won’t be many individual users choosing the latter over the former.
One good thing that will come out of this, if you keep your eyes open, is a possible clearance sale of sorts on Windows 7 OEM licenses, before Christmas. The offers will be appealing enough, and you can guarantee it will be hard to get your hands on one. Remember the crowds when HP started handing out the OS at the start of the year? “Back by popular demand”, they called it.
Windows 7 Preinstalled
Windows 7′s mainstream support is set to end on January 13th, and this is scaring plenty of people into thinking the OS will follow XP into the scrap yard. There’s no cause for worries there; only the updates are being stopped, and that too only the shinier ones and not the essential security fixes. You’ll also still be able to call Windows 7 Help.
As I said, you can find support for Windows 7 until 2020, and in that time we’d have grown tired of Windows 10′s successor, and hopefully all but forgotten the OS we’re discussing now. We still have what most users will need until then – continued Windows 7 help and support.
Windows 7 has been the most popular OS in the Windows line, and has held a peak user share of over 50%. This is one of the rare, quality products which Microsoft should be proud of, and maybe they are, but apparently not enough to keep it!
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