No More Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs to be Available Through Retail from November 2016
Published 05/11/2015 | 11:37
Microsoft has announced that, as of November 2016, computer manufacturers will no longer be able to bundle Windows 7 or 8.1 as their OS of choice
Following the successful launch of Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 10, the company has announced that it will no longer allow hardware manufacturers to bundle its older operating systems, namely Windows 7 and 8.1, with their devices after October 31, 2016. This means that, regardless of your personal preference, you're highly unlikely to be able to find any in-store stock that doesn't come with Windows 10 as standard after the cut off date.
It's all part of Microsoft's master plan to see Windows 10 installed on upwards of a billion devices during the next few years, and given the versatility of the platform, which features an ecosystem including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and gaming consoles, it's perfectly understandable that they want to get as many users as possible on the same OS.
However it's not exactly great news for those who prefer to stay behind the curve when it comes to operating systems, and who are happy with the increased stability offered by a more established platform. Those users will now need to make the move over to Windows 10, or ensure that they've got licensed physical media from which to install their preferred legacy flavour of Windows whenever they purchase a new device. Technically, the cut off for Windows 7 users should already have been reached, with Microsoft traditionally only allowing the sale of devices with superceded versions of the platform for two years following the introduction of its successor - which should've meant the end of the road in October of last year. But for the fact that Windows 8 proved to be such a flop among users, it's likely that Windows 7 fans would already have been left in the dark.
As things stand right now, though, Windows 10 remains an optional update for Windows users, with that status expected to change to recommended update in the coming year, so if you're a fan of your existing OS and don't plan to make the move any time soon, you'd best start making plans to prepare!