Microsoft Removes Retailer Deadline to Stop Selling Windows 7 PCs

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rogerw99

In regards to a cloud based MS OS, we already did that 50 years ago. Does anyone remember logging into a mainframe computer with a terminal to run programs? I do, and it sucked that the terminal was useless without that mainframe connection! I refuse to go back to the bad old days. And Windows 8?? Take a hike! I will never use it! If you don't want it, do what I did. Buy 2 or 3 retail copies of Windows 7 & "Upgrade" any new PC from windows 8 to Windows 7. I refuse to be a nice little sheep and do as MS says! We all know what is best for us, we don't need Microsoft to tell what we like or need. A one size OS definitely does NOT fit all much less fit most!

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misterz100

People keep forgetting that no business will ever get anything like windows 8, it is not built for any kind productivity in mind, this is where they get most of their cash. I bet the next OS will be geared towards something a business can sink their teeth in like XP and windows 7. They can't pull the plug on windows 7 until they have something to replace it with.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Will Windows 7 be the last version of the OS worth having?

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PCWolf

Sadly, if the Microsoft Boat keeps sailing in its current direction, It would appear so. If rumors hold true, Windows 9 will be Windows 8 with Aero & Glass put back in, & 10 will be a Cloud OS. Seems 7 will be the last great Windows OS. The future of Windows does look Bleak. But things still have time to change. Lets hope they do.

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vrmlbasic

I'd like to thank my fellow consumers, both individuals and businesses, for casting a vote against Windows 8 with their dollars. Thanks.

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Vano

Unfortunately it's hard to find a new PC/laptop with windows 7 on it, all comes with w8, at least in retail stores.
People were forced go with w8, making w8 pretty much a success for MS, regardless of what people think.

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maxeeemum

What's going on at Microsoft?

And the saga continues!

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Thresher

This question is easy:

Business companies balked.

The cost of rolling out Win 8 is not just the cost of the OS and associated deployment expenses. It also has to include training staff on how to use the new interface and deal with switching back and forth between ModernUi and the desktop. Additionally, some companies might actually go to the cost of deploying touch screen monitors or laptops.

Windows XP to Windows 7 was relatively cheap to deploy. Windows 8 has a number of additional costs.

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wolfing

My company just 'upgraded' my computer to Windows 8. I immediately installed the free 'Classic shell' and it's now almost as good as Windows 7 was (it also boots to desktop mode so I never ever see the horrendous tiles anymore). So no real need to train users.

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PCWolf

You are lucky you were allowed to install Classic Shell. At my Job, users are not allowed to install anything on the computers. & doing so will result in trouble or your termination. I know of many other other places where users are not allowed to install their own software on the "Company Comp".

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Metro.

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Gezzer

I really hope MS has learned a lesson here and other retailers are taking note.
In regards to Win8, I didn't hate it. I just didn't see any reason to use it. It might of been a step forward for Windows in the mobile arena, but at best it was a step sideways in the desktop one. Add to the fact that over all Win7 is one of the best releases MS has put out, so why would I upgrade?

What really got me was the way MS expected me and everyone else to drink the koolaid. MS was showing an arrogance on the same level as Apple's. "You will buy our product and use it the way we say! Why? Because we're MICROSOFT and we KNOW what you want and need not you!" The only asshat that could get away with that was Steve Jobs, and I didn't give his cultist sales pitch a single thought, why would I kneel to MS's attempt to do the same?

I'm the consumer here. A company can release what ever they want but it's my right to decide if a product suits my needs and then purchase it if I feel the need. I'm obstinate as hell anytime a company says "trust me, this is what you have to have." Too often it's a ploy to manipulate the consumer into doing something in the companies best interest and not the consumer's.

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PCWolf

"In regards to Win8, I didn't hate it. I just didn't see any reason to use it. It might of been a step forward for Windows in the mobile arena, but at best it was a step sideways in the desktop one"

This sums up my feelings about Windows 8.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

"You're holding it wrong."

That's the kind of mentality that destroys brand loyalty.

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bpstone

I will never buy Windows 8+ Microsoft.

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FatOldGuy

Aren't you edgy and cool /s

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PCWolf

Naw, people who think they are Edgy & Cool buy Crapple's iCrap Products.

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bpstone

Thankfully I own nothing Apple.

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Random

Sounds like Microsoft has finally decided to "embrace the suck" that is Windows 8 and will now back down from their previous mandate to upgrade or else.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

upgrade...

I still laugh whenever I hear that

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dbqfan

Nice way to fix the poor sales of Win8, just stop selling Win7. I am glad I just purchased a new Lenovo W530 with Win7. Why doesn't Microsoft realize that they made a blunder with Win8. Not everyone wants a tablet/phone style operating system on there PC.

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Mikey109105

Perhaps they are finally getting the message that not as many people as they hoped like Windows 8? Whatever the reason, I'm glad they did so.

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Led Weappelin

When does Windows 8.2 come out?

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Jieddo

and the backpedaling doesn't stop