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Windows 7: Microsoft retracts Windows 7 PC end-of-sales deadline


22 Jan 2014   #1
A Guy

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Microsoft retracts Windows 7 PC end-of-sales deadline

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As quietly as Microsoft defined the dates it would stop selling Windows 7, over the weekend it revised its end-of-sales deadlines again, saying it had made a mistake.

Last week, Microsoft told customers that it would require computer makers to halt sales of new Windows 7-powered PCs at the end of October 2014. Now, its sales shut-off page shows "To be determined" instead of the future date.

"We have yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled," a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email reply to questions Tuesday. "The October 30, 2014, date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error."
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22 Jan 2014   #2
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Another mistake? Gosh they sure are getting careless

Withn 2020 the end of life for Win 7 and security updates that give Linux developers 6 years to make Linux not only viable, but desirable, as a replacement.. IMHO, M$ has lost interest in the desktop market so the hundred of millions of desktop users are going to need to go somewhere...

Skyrocketing hardware prices have done the rest..

Certainly not looking as though M$ will be a worthwhile investment.

I wonder if they will have trouble getting businesses off Win 7 after 2020? Will they revise that date too?
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22 Jan 2014   #3
Stephanie

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 / Windows TP 10 x64
 
 

I run 2 Linux desktops and if Windows 9 turns out to be a flop I will keep Windows 7 for as long as possible then I will move to just Linux
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23 Jan 2014   #4
margrave

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Linux = server. It's unbearable on the desktop. And not one of my apps will run there.
So I wouldn't write off Windows (or Mac) anytime soon.
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23 Jan 2014   #5
SIW2

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May be unbearable for you. Not for the previous posters, obviously.

I am looking forward to Deepin 2014 being released.
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24 Jan 2014   #6
TanyaC

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
May be unbearable for you. Not for the previous posters, obviously.

I am looking forward to Deepin 2014 being released.
+1 to that. I only have 2 Windows machines left (out of 11). My server (Win 2008 R2), and one Win 7 x64. The only reason I haven't moved the server across is lack of time.

I'll keep one Win 7 machine for compatibility, and testing. Not much else.

Haven't come across anything I can't get done, and the number of GUI's give me plenty of freedom to do things the way I'm used to.
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24 Jan 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

I have honestly tried Linux. Really really tried it. I have tried the following:

-Mint
-Ubuntu
-Zorin
-zubuntu

and a few others....

I hate them all. Not only do they cause endless frustrations, they simple don't work with modern hardware. Good lord, how does anyone get anything to work with them?

Finding drivers are next to impossible, and when you do find them, you have to jump through hoops to even install them. Installing programs is a hassle as well. And its so slow of a process.

When I use Linux, I feel like I am using dos. I have to use a terminal for almost everything, and its really frustrating. If I wanted to type commands all day, I would go to dos!

/rant

That said, for 90% of people (average user) out there its great actually. Very good security, good at web browsing, pictures -the basics. I have my family desktop using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It works good for there needs, doesn't have any big issues.

The one thing that really pissed me off was ubuntu would suddenly not shut down or restart when they told it to. It would just log them off and take them to the log in screen.

Its very pathetic when a freaking operating system cannot even do that right.

After searching online a lot, and applying some "terminal fixes" all was well again.

Other then that, Yay Linux!
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24 Jan 2014   #8
SIW2

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I know what you are getting at. Ironically for the simple stuff, it is great.

If you want to do more than that, it can involve a bit of work.

It doesn't have the depth of GUIs if that makes sense. Windows enthusiasts will have learned a lot about windows over a few years , commands, reg tweaks, etc. They will often forget it took them quite a while to learn that. Then when they go to Linux , they are back to square one with the slightly geeky stuff.
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24 Jan 2014   #9
techtitan100

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

I wish Microsoft would seriously revise the mainstream support date for Windows 7 to like 2017 and the extended support date until 2022, that would be excellent for me to continue using it for that long, as I don't see myself using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 anytime soon
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24 Jan 2014   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techtitan100 View Post
I wish Microsoft would seriously revise the mainstream support date for Windows 7 to like 2017 and the extended support date until 2022, that would be excellent for me to continue using it for that long, as I don't see myself using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 anytime soon
Heck, I don't see myself using Win 8 or 8.1 ever.
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