Microsoft Ends Windows 8 Retail Sales

Microsoft has ended retail sales for Windows 8 as of 31st October 2014, almost two years after it was first released and exactly 12 months since the expiration of retail sales for Windows 7. With Microsoft intent on turning attention toward its new Windows 10 operating system and away from the Windows 8 fiasco, this hardly comes as a huge surprise.

windows 8 - boxed_

Window 8 will still be on shelves for quite a while yet though as retailers slowly deplete existing stocks… I sense some serious “specials” coming up at some time down the track. No date has yet been specified for when sales of PCs with Windows 8 preinstalled will end, and Microsoft has said it will continue supporting the operating system until January 2023.

October 31st 2014 also signaled the end of sales for PCs with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate preinstalled. Although again, in reality, as manufacturers and retailers still have large stocks of Windows 7 PCs on hand, it will be some time before these become a scarcity.

windows - end of saels dates

XP Market Share Drops Dramatically as Window 8/8.1 Increases

A quick check over at NetMarketShare shows the biggest monthly drop (-6.7%) for XP to date during October, with Windows 8/8.1 combined market share enjoying an almost exponential increase:

nms - windows market share

With Windows 8/8.1 combined market share now sitting at a quite healthy 16.8%, it is poised to overtake XP, although still a very looong way behind the popular Windows 7.

Firefox Market Share Continues to Decline

In other market share news, Mozilla’s once popular Firefox browser continues its downhill slide:

firefox market share

Now slipping to under 14% and trailing Chrome by a considerable margin, the trend appears to be continuing unabated. A worry for both Mozilla and dedicated Firefox users alike.

So, perhaps not quite ‘good’ news for Microsoft but certainly ‘better’ news, and more of the same bad news for Mozilla.


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.


  1. Hi Jim. Is that correct, that 8.1 predates 8.0? I’m sure you got it right, but the source is surely wrong, Mindblower!

    • Sorry, I’m not with you MB. Where does it say Windows 8.1 predates Windows 8?

      The only reference I can see is the image from Microsoft’s end of sales timeline which clearly shows dates of general availability as Windows 8-October 2012 and Windows 8.1-October 2013.

      Am I missing something?

  2. Jim, I stand corrected. Did not catch the year (2012, 2013). Must stop fast scans and read the articles properly, Mindblower!