Machines designed for enterprise customers are exempt from this cutoff.


Despite continued interest from OEMs for Windows 7 machines, Microsoft has decided to manufacturers to stop selling the machines after the last day in October.

Machines intended for enterprise customers are exempt from this requirement. Microsoft intends to phase out sales for machines shipping with Windows 7 Professional slowly, with the last sales occurring in February 2015.

With previous release cycles of Windows, Microsoft’s policy was to stop selling the old version of the operating system a year after its successor launches and stop selling it to OEMs two years after the launch date.

But considering the continued popularity of Windows 7 — HP continues to sell and market them aggressively —  Microsoft could very well be seeing a push from its partners to ease this deadline forward a quarter or two.

Source: Microsoft