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Microsoft will continue to allow PC manufacturers to make and sell Windows 7 business machines beyond the original 31 October cut-off date. The change of plan, spotted by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, suggests Microsoft hasn’t seen sufficient enthusiasm from the business sector for its Windows 8 operating system (although a Microsoft exec denied this interpretation, telling Foley the company just wants to continue catering to businesses that are still deploying Windows 7). However, it should still be impossible to find a new Windows 7 consumer PC soon after the end of October.

  1. This change, and more to come, are inevitable.

    Business adoption cycles are very long and MS has to realize that accelerating Major releases means that they will have to provide a different sales and support cycles for business.

    My bet is that Windows 7 sales and support will continues through 2015 and possibly beyond unless MS makes a major strategy shift.

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    1. Vanessa Deagan Monday, February 17, 2014

      It has nothing to do with “strategy”. Windows 8 is simply not fit for purpose. Even if you’re an IT guru, using Windows 8 will not feel intuitive in the business environment. Switching to Ubuntu Linux is a better migration path.

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