Two contrasting reports have emerged in the past few days regarding the Windows 7 retail sales status. But now Microsoft has jumped in and ended the confusion once and for all.
News first came out that the company had ended retail sales of the popular Windows 7 in October. OEM sales, however were said to be unaffected, with computers running this particular version of the operating system set to be sold for another year, until the end of October, 2014.
Soon after this the company updated the page to state that the end date for Windows 7 retail sales was yet to be determined. Now, however, it has issued a new final statement on the matter.
The company clarifies that it was, in fact, all a mistake — the lifecycle page was edited for no reason:
“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.”
Microsoft also confirmed that the retail sales of Windows 7 ended as originally planned on October 30, 2013. And likewise, the sales of computers running the operating system will continue for the time being, to the delight of many that are planning upgrades from Windows XP, no doubt.
Windows 7 is currently the most popular operating system in the world, by far, with third-party estimates of its global market share coming in at over 45 percent.