HP highlights “back by popular demand” Windows 7 PCs on home page

HP is openly selling PCs running Microsoft Windows 7 through its website by stating the devices are “back by popular demand.”

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The company is selling the PCs through its website and it comes despite Microsoft releasing Windows 8 well over a year ago and has set tongues wagging as to whether device manufacturers are unconfident in the new OS version.

HP is currently the only seller actively promoting sales of PCs with pre-installed copies of Windows 7 and it comes after Microsoft removed the product from retail sale on 30 October 2013 but didn’t gave a date as to when pre-installed Windows 7 PCs would stop being sold.

Many of HP’s competitors, such as Dell, Lenovo and Acer, offer the chance to buy PCs running Windows 7 as a pre-installed program, the difference being that they are hidden away from view and most are targeted at enterprise and business customers.

Windows 8 originally went on sale at the end of October 2012 and has since received the Windows 8.1 upgrade that addresses many of the issues that consumers complained about when the original version was released.

Since its release and the subsequent update the product has been growing steadily and by December 2014 the market share of the two versions topped 10 per cent for the first time with Windows 8 accounting for 6.89 per cent of the OS market and Windows 8.1 taking a 3.6 per cent slice.

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Windows 7, in comparison, has an unassailable lead with 47.52 per cent of the global OS market, which actually rose from the 46.64 per cent it had in November. It’s expected the two will rise considerably in the coming months as Windows XP, which holds 28.98 per cent of the market, reaches its end of life [EOL] cycle by April.