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With Windows 10 imminent, Windows 8.1 sales demise clock to start tickin'

Gregg Keizer | June 19, 2015
Few will miss the perception-plagued OS once its successor shows up.

A more important question is when will Microsoft stop the sales of Windows 7 Professional. Business customers will be able, as always, to "downgrade" new hardware to Windows 7 via volume licensing agreements until they're ready to migrate to Windows 10 -- the latter not expected to start until the second half of 2016 at the earliest. But smaller shops that rely on Windows 7 Professional will have to arm themselves with media to do so.


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