It was recently that Microsoft announced that they would stop selling Windows 7 to OEMs come 30th October 2014. This is unsurprising given that Windows 8 is the company’s latest platform, and one which we’re sure they would prefer if many were to adopt. However it seems that Microsoft might have a change of heart regarding the sales of Windows 7 to OEMs, and have released a statement in which they stated that the end of sales date has yet to be determined.
According to the statement, “We have yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled. The October 30, 2014 date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error. We have since updated the website to note the correct information; however, some non-English language pages may take longer to revert to correctly reflect that the end of sales date is ‘to be determined.’ We apologize for any confusion this may have caused our customers. We’ll have more details to share about the Windows 7 lifecycle once they become available.”
Microsoft, however, confirmed that end of availability of the boxed version of the operating system is still set at 30th October 2014, meaning that regular customers will not be able to get their hands on it, but OEMs will still be able to. We’re not sure why Microsoft changed their mind, but for fans of Windows 7 we suppose this is a good thing.