According to sources, PC makers are now allowed to buy licenses for Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1. But this doesn't mean Microsoft will any longer support the said operating system, what this means is that the company is now pushing to make PCs that run Windows 10 by default. It makes sense since it is the latest and greatest iteration of the company's list of operating system.
According to Ubergizmo, Microsoft stopped giving Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses to OEM partners yesterday. For customers, this means that they can only get their hands on a PC powered by Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 if it’s available because OEMs won’t be restocking existing PCs or shipping new ones with these iterations anymore.
Microsoft company has already stopped marketing licenses of Windows 7 operating system such as the 7 Home Basic, 7 Home Premium, and 7 Ultimate, to all PC makers. It actually did that two years ago so that the only alternative that PC makers have right now is to avail the Windows 10 and that’s precisely what Microsoft wants them to focus their energies on.
It deserves stating that Microsoft has already stopped mainstream support for Windows 7, it covers warranty claims, fixes for non-security bugs, free incident support, feature requests, and design changes. The extended support that consists of security updates will be provided until January 14th, 2020. And after that, no support anymore.
Windows 7 has lost about a fifth of its user share since the mid-2015 launch of Windows 10, but according to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, it powered 48% of all personal computers in October, more than twice Windows 10’s share, as reported by PCWorld.
Note that Windows 7 Professional PCs won't vanish immediately; OEMs will be allowed by Microsoft to use what licenses they have in stock. As of now, Windows 10 is worth using for. Actually, these past few months, there are lots of updates and upgrades regarding the operating system.