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Windows 7: going forward, new software won't support Windows 7?

06 Aug 2013   #11
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

FWIW: Computer Sales people are very similar to Auto Sales People.

Rich


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06 Aug 2013   #12
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Well thanks a ton to all who have chimed in. Being familiar with Windows 7 myself, and being that my sister's girlfriend previously had XP as her OS, I think Windows 7 will be perfect for her. Shame that Best Buy steers customers so wrong like this.

Thanks again!
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06 Aug 2013   #13
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Each new operating system has features that developers can take advantage to improve their software. Developers have an incentive to move to the newer OS. But they also want to have as large a market as is reasonably possible to maintain and that means supporting older operating systems. But for any OS there comes a time when the difficulties in supporting it are no longer worth the small portion of the market it represents. That has happened with Windows 2000 and prior and is happening with XP. But the process isn't sudden and may take years.

The day will come when Windows 7 is abandoned by developers in favor of new systems that offer more features. But that won't happen until the user base of Windows 7 has shrunk to a point where the cost of not supporting it is small. I don't expect that to happen anytime soon.
As you say, support will be dropped once the OS market share drops to some critical level.

XP currently has multiple times (~7x) the market share of W8.
Unless there is a precipitous decline (which MS is hoping for) after April 2014, companies will still be releasing software for it.

If MS started paying companies to produce W8 only software, the story would be different.
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06 Aug 2013   #14
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

A Newbie member of SevenForums for One Hour is more informed than any Best Buy employee !!!
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06 Aug 2013   #15
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
A Newbie member of SevenForums for One Hour is more informed than any Best Buy employee !!!
Unfortunately you are correct.
I don't know whether I should or .
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07 Aug 2013   #16
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Well, salesmen are always the same. They say bs to sell stuff to people that don't know (or is too naive to ask an actual expert before buying).

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If MS started paying companies to produce W8 only software, the story would be different.
It would get really expensive really fast. Most companies won't accept realistic sums to restrict their possible userbase (and thus market) to something like 10% of the total PCs around.

Makes more sense to release programs only for Linux (Debian) than only for windows 8 at this point.

Although I wouldn't be surprised if MS stops making software for windows 7. Apart from Office (if you really need the macros otherwise LibreOffice will be fine) there is nothing you really need from them though.
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07 Aug 2013   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Don`t let anyone tell you what to buy.
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07 Aug 2013   #18
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Reverse "Microsoft Tax"

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
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If MS started paying companies to produce W8 only software, the story would be different.
It would get really expensive really fast. Most companies won't accept realistic sums to restrict their possible userbase (and thus market) to something like 10% of the total PCs around.
Reverse "Microsoft Tax".
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07 Aug 2013   #19
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tgfyhre View Post
I was talking to a rep from Best Buy (I know...), and I explained that I'm looking for a PC that comes pre-installed with Windows 7 for my girlfriend's sister. She really has no interest in moving to Windows 8 currently, unless she has no say in the matter. Dell's website currently still lets you choose 7 or 8, but Best Buy only gives you 8 if you buy a Dell from them, no 7. So the rep told me that she should strongly consider moving to 8 because all newer versions of software will not run on 7 so she will be unable to use the latest versions of her various software because they will only support 8 as new software and updates come out.

Is there even a shred of truth to this? I find that hard to believe. So then all newer versions of Winrar, 7-zip, Open Office, ImgBurn, etc will only run on 8? That sounds like utter nonsense to me. Perhaps she's just talking about Microsoft software? Can anybody chime in here?
Absolute nonsense, probably have a shop full of Windows 8 machines to shift. If they won't sell you want you want, go somewhere that will. Best Buy is on a slippery slope into oblivion and this shows why, clueless staff. Like Circuit City several years ago they have let go all the expensive to pay employees and put most on 32 hours a week or part time. If you need service good luck with that. July 3rd 2012 the company let go 350 electronics technicians.
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