Few days back, Microsoft made an announcement that the company has planned to stop allowing its PC partners to sell machines with Windows 7 preloaded as of October 30, 2014.
The Redmondians are now saying that date was posted in error. The new official news is that Microsoft still has yet to determine when the Windows 7 preload cut-off date will be.
A Microsoft spokesman said in a statement that “We have yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled.
The October 30, 2014 date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error, at the same time some non-English language pages may take longer to revert to correctly reflect that the end of sales date is ‘to be determined,’ he said.
He even apologized for the inconvenience caused by the wrong information to the customers, and assured that the company will come out with more details once the Windows 7 lifecycle becomes available. Though, it will be very interesting to see if Microsoft ends up sticking with the October 30, 2014 OEM cutoff date or not.
As of now according to the company, the end-of-support date for Windows 7 has not been extended. The Mainstream (free, Microsoft-provided) support for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed will not be expired until January 13, 2015.
According to the statement passed by Microsoft officials, the company said that it will continue to provide security fixes for Windows 7 for free until the end of extended support, which is January 14, 2020.