Sales of the Windows 7 family pack are set to cease at the end of this year. According to an Amazon product page, sales of the family pack will end once they’ve run out of stock or on December 31st, whichever happens soonest.
Amazon currently lists the pack as a “limited edition product” that is available to purchase until December 31. The Family Pack allows home users to upgrade three PCs from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium.
Microsoft originally released the Family Pack on October 22, 2009 in the U.S. for a limited time. The software giant ceased selling the pack after just six weeks. Microsoft started selling the Family Pack once again on October 22, 2010 in 46 countries. The software maker refused to specify an end date for the offer but originally stated the “Windows 7 Family Pack will only be available while supplies last.”
Windows 7 has been a huge success this year. Microsoft has confirmed that it has sold over 240 million licenses of Windows 7 and that figure is expected to hit 300 million before the end of the year. Windows 7 now accounts for 25% of operating system market share.
Microsoft is currently readying its first Service Pack for Windows 7. A Release Candidate (RC) build was made available in October and according to this blog post a final version is expected in the first quarter of 2011.
Microsoft’s official service packs website still features the text “first half of 2011.”