Microsoft has recently updated its Windows Lifecycle sheet in which it set a deadline of October 2016 for OEMs to sell Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. So, all those who want to purchase a Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 system have to do it within this time.
The chart the following details after the recent update from Microsoft.
|Client operating systems and updates||Date of general availability||Retail software end of sales||End of sales for PCs with windows pre-installed|
|Windows XP||December 31st,2001||June 30,2008||October 22,2010|
|Windows Vista||Jan 30,2007||Oct 22,2010||Oct 22,2011|
|Windows 7 Home Basic, Premium and Ultimate||Oct 22,2009||Oct 31,2013||Oct 31,2014|
|Windows 7 Professional||Oct 22,2009||Oct 31,2013||Oct 31,2016|
|Windows 8||October 26,2012||Oct 31,2014||June 30,2016|
|Windows 8.1||Oct 18,2013||September 1,2015||Oct 31,2016|
|Windows 10||July 29,2015||NA||August,2025(unconfirmed)|
Note- All Windows 7 PCs will get extended support till January 14, 2020. The mainstream support will end in November 2016.
All Windows 8 and 8.1 laptops will get mainstream support till January 9, 2018 and extended support follows till January 10, 2023.
In January this year, Microsoft announced that its latest Windows 10 OS will get the support till
Now, to those who are eager to know the difference between Microsoft’s mainstream support and extended support, here’s the real meaning of it.
Microsoft Mainstream Support for Windows– Ending mainstream support for a product means Microsoft will no longer be enhancing that product. Microsoft will continue to issue bug fixes and patches for security and reliability issues
So, when mainstream support ends, this is what occurs:
- Microsoft no longer supplies non-security hot fixes unless you have an extended support agreement
- All warranty claims end
- Microsoft no long accepts requests for new features and design changes
Microsoft Extended Support for Windows– To get this support the user usually needs to pay a premium amount. In this period the user will get security and non-security updates.
Our StorageServers blog Advice- To those who are not yet ready to go for a Windows 10 OS loaded system, for reasons best known to them; considering Windows 8/8.1 OS loaded PCs for purchase will be a good option.
Better not go for a Windows 7 loaded PC purchase for Thanksgiving and in upcoming Black Friday deals, as Microsoft may charge them for updates after Oct 2016.