NEW YORK, November 4, 2016: US tech giant Microsoft has ended sale for both the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems and these can no longer be bought with a new PC.
“End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs),” Forbes.com reported on Thursday.
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Examples of OEMs include Dell and Toshiba, PC manufacturers who often pre-install Windows software.
While Windows 7, launched in 2009, was on sale for seven years, Windows 8/8.1 was on sale for just four years.
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Despite ongoing updates support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until January 2020 and 2023, the end of sales is likely to give the flatlining Windows 10 a boost, the report said.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would roll out two major updates for Windows 10 next year.
According to Windows Central, while the first major update for 2017 — codenamed Redstone 2 — would release in the early part of 2017, the second one — codenamed Redstone 3 — might be released in 2017 summer. (IANS)
A group of Microsoft employees has come forward to support Chinese tech workers on the gruelling ‘996’ culture, writing a petition in defence of a trending GitHub repository that is being censored in China.
In a letter written on web-hosting service Github, owned by Microsoft, the employees have asked the company to keep the “996.ICU” GitHub repository uncensored, The Verge reported on Monday.
The repository “996.ICU” is a reference to the working hours that tech workers in China are protesting — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.
The ICU refers to employees who work under these grueling hours, eventually ending up in the Intensive Care Unit at hospitals.
“The “996.ICU” repository was established in March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork,” said the report.
The “996” philosophy has been endorsed by the tech billionaire and Alibaba Founder Jack Ma.
Several local Chinese browsers have already blocked access to 996.ICU, including Tencent, Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Qihoo 360.
Microsoft, that owns GitHub, has not blocked the repository till now.
“We, the workers of Microsoft and GitHub, support the 996.ICU movement and stand in solidarity with tech workers in China. We know this is a problem that crosses national borders,” wrote employees in the petition.
“Another reason we must take a stand in solidarity with Chinese workers is that history tells us that multinational companies will pit workers against each other in a race to the bottom as they outsource jobs and take advantage of weak labour standards in the pursuit of profit,” they added.
Microsoft workers called on Chinese tech companies to comply with local labour laws, which limit their workers to 40 hours a week.
“We encourage Microsoft and GitHub to keep the 996.ICU GitHub repository uncensored and available to everyone,” they said.