Microsoft Windows 8 has passed the first milestone on being eliminated from the company’s product offering. Effective October 31, consumers can no longer purchase this version of Windows although it will still come on new PC computers.
Unlike other Windows’ versions, 8 only lasted a little more than two years. This version first launched on October 26, 2012 and in a statement from Microsoft, it will be replaced by the middle of 2015 with the new Windows 10. The ultimate goal is to get people to finally upgrade to the more recent version.
Microsoft acknowledge that it will continue to provide support to the Windows 8 operating system until January 2023 and as far as version 8.1, it is still being sold with no date established yet for discontinuation.
As most people remember, Windows 8 was quite different from the earlier version 7. In comparison, version 8 was far more beneficial. Although it bolstered the online experience for everyday users, it was especially valuable to business users.
Windows 7, Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate are no longer available to purchase or installed on new PCs. However, Windows 7 Professional will continue and once an end sale date is set, Microsoft will provide a one year’s notice.
Microsoft also stated that enterprise customers who have volume licensing deals will be able to download to earlier versions of the operating system licensed.
Microsoft understands that in general, people move slowly when it comes to upgrading operating systems, which is evident in a recent report that shows that Windows 8 and 8.1 have 16.8% of the market share while Windows 7 has 53%. Even more interesting is that 17.2% of the market is still held by the old Windows XP system.
Because there is a large number of personal computer makers with huge inventories of the older Windows versions, Windows 8 and 8.1 will continue to be run on many new PCs. As stated by Gordon Kelly, writer for Forbes, it is apparent that Microsoft is determined to put distance in between itself and the original Windows 8 even though that version just launched a little more than two years ago.
He also stated that Windows 7, which was first launched in 2009, remains one of the more popular choices for users. With the changes being made to both Windows 7 and 9, it becomes obvious that a path is being cleared for the release of the Windows 10 operating system.