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Microsoft Calls Time On Windows 7 Sales

All Windows PCs will be shipped with Windows 10 from 2016, Microsoft says all new computers shipping with Microsoft software will have to support Windows 10 from next year, the company has announced, sounding the end for the likes of Windows 7.

From October 31 2016, manufacturers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo will all have to stop shipping new PCs with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 pre-installed, and instead package them with the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system.

The news comes shortly after it was revealed that Microsoft will begin automatically downloading Windows 10 install files to machines still currently running Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines from next year as the company looks to get Windows 10 running on more than one billion devices.

It was revealed yesterday that although the overall market share of Windows 10 continues to grow, the rate of adoption is beginning to slow slightly, as manufacturers prepare their first devices with the software pre-installed.

Data from industry observers Netmarketshare estimated that Windows 10 now has 7.94 percent of the total PC operating system market, which should soon be boosted by mobile and Xbox users being upgraded to the system within the next few months.