Is there a life cycle date, announcement, or press release when MS sales stops selling products or upgrades? I'm specifically having a problem with the Anytime Upgrades.
I'm installing two brand new OEM systems running Windows 7 in an environment that is not fully ready for Windows 8. I need Windows 7 Anytime Upgrades to get additional security and features.
The Windows Anytime Upgrade dialog box reports: "Windows Anytime Upgrade is not longer available for online purchase."
Details: "We're sorry, Windows Anytime Upgrade is no longer available for online purchase in your country or region. To buy Windows and move up to an edition of Windows 8 with more features, visit your local retail store or visit us at Windows Online."
I called Microsoft sales and spoke to at least three different individuals. I reached a tech who offered to help me activate a third-party upgrade if it did not activate easily.
MS operating systems are documented with a very detailed Life Cycle for patches and retirement per development and support. As far as I can see Sales is unaccountable a similar standard.
In short, I'd like to get the life cycle documentation for Microsoft Sales.
I think I solved my current issue with a third-party upgrade package, but that's coming on physical media.