LittleMe wrote on Dec 29, 2013, 22:22:
IIRC a Win8 license works for Win7..
Sort of but it doesn't really apply here. Users can downgrade as per the official Microsoft documentation
with some restrictions. They need to first have a Windows 8.1 machine, agree to the EULA and then perform the downgrade themselves. I don't really see any OEM in their right mind deploying that. So yes it's technically possible but not realistic in consumer sales.
The problem is that Microsoft controls licensing and it doesn't want to continue licensing Windows 7. I don't think OEMs will have an easier time selling Windows 7 machines up against the tablet/smartphone craze either.