Microsoft has stopped selling consumer versions of Windows 7

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With Windows 8.1 up and running, and Windows 10 due for release late next year, Microsoft has stopped selling consumer versions of Windows 7 to original equipment manufacturers.

Windows 7 enthusiasts will only be able to get their hands on new PCs running the operating system as long as stock lasts.This includes Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licences. However, as pointed out by VentureBeat, Windows 7 Professional will continue to be sold for at least another year.

Launched in 2009, Windows 7 is the world’s most commonly used operating system with a 50pc market share, according to StatCounter.

Microsoft announced Windows 10 just last month, revealing it was bringing back a version of the computer software giant’s famous Start menu that had been omitted from Windows 8. Windows 10 will work across all devices – such as desktops, mobiles, tablets, Xbox consoles – altering its shape and functionality to match each device the user is accessing.

“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice-president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft.

“This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”

Windows 7 image via Shutterstock

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Dean is a freelance journalist and editor covering media.

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