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Microsoft tweaks Windows 7 retirement plan to allow business PC sales after October cut-off

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Microsoft(s msft) 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.

2 Responses to “Microsoft tweaks Windows 7 retirement plan to allow business PC sales after October cut-off”

  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.

    • Vanessa Deagan

      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.