The company’s Web site lists two key dates about end of sales, one being the end of retail software and the end of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled. “Note that when the retail software product reaches its end of sales date, it can still be purchased through OEMs (the company that made your PC) until it reaches the end of sales date for PCs with Windows preinstalled,” the company says on the site. “End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMs are Dell and Toshiba — PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software.”
In any case, Microsoft will end extended support Jan. 14, 2020. That means after that date the company won’t issue any more security updates for the platforms, leaving machines running the operating system open to security exploits based on vulnerabilities discovered after that date.
Already Windows 7 is no longer listed on the Microsoft Store website.
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