Microsoft will allow OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to sell Windows 7-equipped PCs until October 2014, two years after Windows 8's launch, so there's no immediate danger of the older operating system vanishing.
In fact, most enterprises will continue to migrate from the 11-year-old Windows XP, which will be retired in April 2014, to Windows 7 rather than bet on Windows 8, research firms have predicted.
Buyers who take Consumer Reports' advice, in other words, will have plenty of company.
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