The world’s most popular operating system is approaching its day of reckoning! Windows 7 end of sales date had been set for next month, and Microsoft plans to stay firm on it.

What this means is that the company will stop providing OEMs with copies of Windows 7 on October 31. However this deadlines does not affect Windows 7 Professional — only Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate will no longer be preinstalled on new computers.

Chances are that some OEMs will switch to Windows 7 Professional.

Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle fact sheet confirms that the company’s most successful operating system will officially reach its end of sales date next month.

Still, this does not mean that Windows 7 will disappear all of a sudden.

Redmond will not be providing OEMs and retailers with new copies, yes, but these outlets will continue to sell devices powered by the soon to be retired operating system until they run out of stock.

The company will only switch to newer versions of the OS once the stock depletes.

But as ZDNet reports, the company has not yet decided on when Windows 7 Professional reaches end of retail sales. Maybe an announcement on this is on the horizon? Either way, the world’s favorite operating system is fast approaching its twilight.

At least, on the retail front.

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