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Microsoft stopped selling Windows 7 and 8.1 on October 31, 2016 to computer manufacturers. According to Joel Hruska’s article posted on tech portable ExtremeTech, this means it will soon become impossible to buy a computer preloaded with anything other than Windows 10.

Because computers loaded with Windows 7 and 8.1 Professional are still gracing shop and online virtual shelves, you still can buy Windows 7 computers.

Microsoft has used every trick in the book tomurder own vintage operating systems like Windows XP and 7. How far can such interventions go when working pirated copies are as obtainable as sand?


Take windows XP for example; it debuted on December 31st 2001 and is still in circulation. According to Microsoft’s product life-line, Windows XP was supposed to disappear from the face of earth by August 30th 2008. It was not to be.

Windows 7 Professional was born on 22nd October, 2009 and was expected to die by October 13th 2013. It surpassed Microsoft’s expectations. The Redmond based company swallowed its pride and extended it’s prophesying to October 31st 2016. And I don’t see that coming to pass.

The sooner Microsoft realizes that prophesies about death are trademarked properties of TB Joshua, the better.


Windows 8.1 was introduced on 29th December2013 and we were supposed to have had enough of it by September, 2015 and pave way for the flagship product; Windows 10. That did not happen and Microsoft has just decided to stop selling the software.

Microsoft will support Windows 7 until January 14th 2020. The software giant had earlier on scheduled to boot out Windows 7 support by January 2015.

Support for Windows 8.1, on the other hand, will run until January 10th 2023. Support for Windows XP ended on April 8th 2014.

Do you still use CD-ROMs? How about flash drives? According to an interesting piece posted by Nathan Chandler of HowStuffWorks, both these are old cheese. If you want to be trendy, use free online storage like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Blantyre Waterboard is issuing water bills produced by a wonderful gadget right on site. This is beautiful because now the bills are realistic as they are up to date. This also eradicates mistakes that are made in data collection and capture.

Depositing a cheque at Bank service centres is now a great experience. The teller scans the cheque at the counter; asks you to electronically sign and thermo printer goes to work to produce a receipt. Essentially, this means that NBM now captures cheque vouchers instantly.

The oxymoron is that the funds still take three working days to be cleared.

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