Microsoft Windows 7, released to the public in 2009, is one of Microsoft’s more recent client OS releases and remains one of their most popular choices among consumers due to its reliability, especially considering the drastic changes made with the releases of Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 – changes that many found confusing and unnecessary. It was released in six different versions, though only three are available for purchase through retail; Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate – with Home Premium and Professional being intended for home users, small business environments, and enthusiast users, respectively.
Despite its age, Windows 7 is still widely used in production environments due to its reliability, performance, and general improvements over both its predecessor, Windows Vista, and the versions that followed – traits that allow it maintain its position as one of the most used version of a Windows OS. One reason for this is that it is faithful to the things that made Windows XP such a beloved OS; the classic appearance, speed, and stability – features that were lost or distorted with the release of newer Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, largely due to these being bloated with unnecessary programs, proprietary (and often redundant) software, and attempting to integrate features to allow for tablet compatibility. Obviously, as seen with the release of Window 8 (much like Vista), this plan didn’t work out, leaving consumers confused and disappointed with the product.
This means that the purchase of Windows 7 Professional, or any client version of the OS, remains a viable alternative for the consumers, regardless of their needs. While newer versions are released, potentially with bugs or other issues that cause instability, it remains a solid choice for home use, or even in a business environment. In addition, it is a cheaper purchase than newer releases.
Finally, it is important to note that Windows 7 far from dead or obsolete. While Windows 8 or 10 are newer and have customer service and support options, that is still the case with Windows 7. With an end of life support set in 2020, official support for the OS will still be available for a few more years ensuring any potential frustration with the software can be easily resolved, to say nothing of the numerous resources available online for troubleshooting. Window 7 is simply an incredibly versatile OS; intuitive, reliable, and as powerful as its newer alternatives at less cost to the consumer. These alone make it a great decision to buy Windows 7.