Alison Gardner, a director at Dell, said that Dell will offer Windows 7 as long as it is allowed to after the release of Windows 8 later this month. “We’re still moving our business customers from Windows XP to Windows 7,” Gardner said. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be available as options on Dell’s Alienware, Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision brands.
While the end-of-sales date for Windows 7 is yet to be determined, Microsoft in the past has allowed PC makers to continue selling prior versions of Windows after a new version is released.
A few years ago, Microsoft announced a plan that allows PC makers the option to sell the previous Windows version for up to two years after the release of a new version. Although, that’s not always the case. Due to the poor reception of Vista, Microsoft extended that window for Windows XP, released in 2001, until late 2010, nearly 4 years after Vista’s release.
Because Windows 8 is Microsoft’s first operating system designed with touch capabilities in mind, business users with touch-enabled devices, such as tablets or touch-enabled laptops, may want to make the switch to Windows 8 sooner than later.
Dell is releasing new touch-enabled devices to their lineup that will capitalize on Windows 8 touch features, including an XPS Ultrabook that combines laptop and tablet features and two all-in-one desktop PCs that have added touch capabilities. The new XPS Ultrabook will also feature the ability to transform between a traditional laptop and a slate.
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