Windows 10 is now the only desktop operating system available from Microsoft.
(CCM) — Microsoft has finally stopped selling Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 and will now concentrate exclusively on its current Windows 10 desktop operating system. Windows 7 Professional was originally launched in 2009, and Microsoft stopped selling it as a standalone three years ago. But it continued to allow PC-makers to sell computers with the software preinstalled until yesterday. (Sales of other versions of Windows 7 ceased two years ago.) Windows 8.1 was launched just three years ago, making it one of the shortest-lived versions of Windows ever. Microsoft XP, by comparison, was on sale for almost nine years.
Windows 10 was launched in July 2015, and Microsoft says that sales will continue indefinitely because it is the last version of Windows that it will make. Instead of developing new versions of Windows, Microsoft intends to offer frequent updates that add new features and allow the operating system to evolve slowly over time without the need for major upgrades.
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