Microsoft has quietly made changes to its plans to retire its hugely popular OS; Windows 7, for businesses at least. PC manufacturers will be able to continue to sell Windows 7 Professional machines beyond the October 31st cut-off date. The new, extended date has yet to be confirmed, but Microsoft will give out a 12 month warning before. It is easy to think slower than expected sales of Windows 8, especially in the business sector would be the cause for this alteration. Microsoft’s Shad Larsen, senior business program manager refutes this stating “Windows 7 remains the largest part of Microsoft’s install base and is still in the midst of being deployed by business customers, Microsoft wants to make it easy and possible for businesses to continue to obtain it.” Whatever the reason, Microsoft must hope it can deliver the business-value many find lacking in Windows 8 (or beyond), before this new deadline for Windows 7.