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    Microsoft forces users to buy Windows 8 by stopping Windows 7 retails sales

    Windows 7 is performing very well for the last few years. Now it seems that everyone is happy except the manufacturer, Microsoft. Microsoft announced that the company discontinued the distribution of retail copies of Windows 7 at the end of October 2013. And clearly it’s a direct push for the users. They also inform us that sales of PCs with Windows 7 installed would end on October 30, 2014. You can still grab a copy of Windows 7 disc if your nearest retails store has one.

    While customers are still interested in Windows 7, Microsoft is likely looking for ways to boost the adoption rate of Windows 8. According to the latest data from NetMarketShare, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 collectively have about a 9.3 percent market share versus Windows 7 at approximately 46 percent and Windows XP still holding strong at 31 percent. Also Windows 7 had a faster growth rate than Windows 8 during a four month span earlier in the year.

    Here is the important part of the statement from Microsoft- We apologize for any confusion this may have caused our customers. We’ll have more details to share about the Windows 7 lifecycle once they become available. Additionally, we are confirming that the Retail software end of sales date for Windows 7 did happen on October 30, 2013.

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