It is official, at the end of this month consumers will no longer be able to get their hands on a machine with Windows 7 installed, unless they luck into a machine which has been sitting on the shelves for a while. If you buy through a corporate account you will still be able to order a machine with Win7 but that will be the only way to get your hands on the OS which is already almost impossible to find. That puts shoppers in a bit of a bind as Win10 will not arrive for a while yet which leaves Win 8.1 as your only Microsoft based OS. Of course there is always Linux, now that many games and distribution platforms such as Steam support the free OS it is a viable choice for both productivity and entertainment. You can get more details at Slashdot or vent your spleen in the comments section.
"This Friday is Halloween, but if you try to buy a PC with Windows 7 pre-loaded after that, you're going to get a rock instead of a treat. Microsoft will stop selling Windows 7 licenses to OEMs after this Friday and you will only be able to buy a machine with Windows 8.1. The good news is that business/enterprise customers will still be able to order PCs 'downgraded' to Windows 7 Professional."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Debuts With 'Rock-Solid' Cloud Support @ Linux.com
- Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER @ The Register
- QuarkXpress 2015 to launch early next year with 64-bit speed boost @ The Inquirer
- Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model @ The Register
At this point, I think folks
At this point, I think folks will play a waiting game for Windows 10…
And HP will still offer their
And HP will still offer their probooks with windows 8.* pro license, factory down-upgraded to windows 7, but there is still plenty of win 7 in the pipeline, and plenty of OEM DVD 7 product horded and offered online(buyer beware). My yearly purchasing of a new laptop, may be off schedule dew to M$’s Ballmer-monkeying with a perfectly good UI, in windows 7, but HP, and others do offer laptops with SUSE Linux, so that windows 7 partition can go away come 2020. But I seriously doubt that M$ will be able to EOL 7 in 2020, with all that built in snooping that they are trying to sneak into windows 10, along with not getting Rid of the TIFKAM cruft, or at least making the Tiles/TIFKAM an optional download and install for those screen smudge-ers and slab fondlers, who like that crap, but not on my desktop/laptop.
Well, i like 8.1 better than
Well, i like 8.1 better than 7 at this point. It’s faster and got features i’m always missing when sitting at a 7 PC. Especially that Win+X menu, but the task manager is also very handy.
It’s not that i don’t like 7, it’s alright. But 8.1 is nothing like 8 when it was first released (it sucked)…
Screw that, they missed their
Screw that, they missed their chance…
I`ll stay with WIN7 until WIN10
That’s M$ point, they’ve
That’s M$ point, they’ve given up on moving 7 to 8/8.1. Anyone on 7 should wait for 10, it’s likely a more “natural” progression from 7. Whether that turns to be the case will depend on Win10 and it’s similarities to 7. As a dopey user I don’t really care what it does as long as it runs the programs I need smooth and stable. My work has only just gone to 7 so won’t have to worry until Win 13 as they’re unlikely to change now for another 8-9 years (XP to 7) unless there’s a big reason too and across the board.
Not 10, windows 7 users
Not 10, windows 7 users should wait for 2020, and tell M$ we will not accept any of the metrics slurping, or any of the TIFKAM/Tiles ecosystem integrated into the OS, and that includes Skype baked into IE. make that cruft an optional download and install, or M$ will be, for sure, extending windows 7 EOL date, to even remain relevant. There will be plenty of alternative Graphics APIs out there, including the ones supported by Steam OS, and who really thinks that the major game developers are not going to pay any attention to the graphics APIs with the most market share, and the latest DX is not even out yet, so the DX version on windows 7, will probably be the most utilized until 2020, and beyond maybe Steam OS, as market shares take some time to catch up with the latest API technology.
The way M$ is going, even those with adblock in there browsers will not be able to avoid all the backed into the OS spying, and ad pushing, and shunting of the start menu searching everywhere, with any users searching of personal files on their PC/Laptop, I will not have the cloud foisted upon me, for any of my file searches on my Laptop/PC, I will not live in a Binged up M$ world.
M$ only really pushed the In Private Browsing features in an effort to push the ad based competition off of its OS ecosystem, so M$ could bake the spying into its OS, and have all the juicy metrics to itself.
10 is shaping up to be what 8
10 is shaping up to be what 8 should have been: the familiar and trustworthy Windows UI with new features and performance benefits, plus a very good touch interface.
It would be nice if they gave all 8 users a free upgrade, but the OEMs would never stand for that.
waiting for 10
waiting for 10