Microsoft has named the day on which it will force PC-makers to stop shipping PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed.
The Windows Lifecycle fact sheet has been updated to record the fact that as of October 31, 2016 no more PCs will be sold with Windows 7 Professional burned onto the boot disk.
Retail sales of Windows 7, all versions, ceased way back on October 31st 2013.
Microsoft's herding users towards Windows 10, and is unafraid to crack the whip along the way. Announcing the end of OEM sales for Windows 7 isn't necessarily part of that plan as users will have had seven years to get their hands on product by the time the curtain comes down.
By the time the PC supply dries up, Windows 10 will also be more than a year old and Microsoft's Windows-as-a-service will likely be upon us. If you really do need to keep some pristine Windows 7 PCs on hand by then, you might just be the kind of person who also keeps freeze-dried food and similar supplies in the basement already. ®