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Author: chilero One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 156927  
Subject: Re: Will Microsoft recreate themselves? Date: 1/22/2014 10:58 AM
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HP using a marketing slogan, not bringing back W7 due to "popular demand".

Repeat after me: An advertising slogan is not news.

A few tech journalists need to be reminded of that rule today, after piling on to the story that HP is bringing Windows 7 back “by popular demand.”

If HP really had bowed to public pressure and brought Windows 7 back after abandoning it, that might be news. But this is nothing new. It’s a clever pitch by HP, not a change in sales strategy.

Under Microsoft’s sales lifecycle, big OEMs like HP can continue to sell Windows 7 PCs until at least October 2014. Every major PC maker takes advantage of that opportunity, continuing to offer a selection of Windows 7 PCs today. In addition, business buyers can purchase a PC with a Windows 8 Pro license and exercise downgrade rights to run Windows 7 instead. That’s a longstanding policy that Microsoft has allowed for more than a decade.
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