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Microsoft ended retail sales of Windows 7 as of Oct 30, according to a notice that was posted on its website here. More importantly, the end of sale of PCs with this older version of Windows installed is at the end of Oct 2014. As reported by Computerworld, Microsoft's practice is to stop selling an older operating system in retail one year after the launch of its successor, while delivery of the previous Windows edition to OEMs will halt two years after a new version launches.

To be clear, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will continue to provide security fixes for Windows 7 without cost until the end of extended support in Jan 2020. Indeed, this is assuming that Microsoft don't decide to extend the date further, as it did with Windows XP. Of course, it is often possible to get Windows 7 licenses from system builders who stockpile the licenses ahead of time. Expect larger vendors such as Lenovo, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), however, to switch over to shipping machines running on Windows 8 or newer come end-Oct 2014.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld
- check out this article at ZDNet

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