We’re just a few days from the moment Windows 7 is scheduled to receive the last group of security updates, with Microsoft to then retire what has become one of the most successful operating systems it ever released.
There’s no doubt Windows 7 was a hit, and its existing share of the market may be the living confirmation of precisely how popular the 2009 OS currently is to this day after a lot more than Ten years since its launch.
But at the same time, the forex market share confirms that the world isn’t ready to let Windows 7 go, as way too many users don’t want to upgrade their devices and switch to an OS that is constantly on the receive security patches.
Moving forward, Microsoft will continue to support Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, however the latter is obviously the preferred choice for the Redmond-based software giant. Ought to be fact, Windows 7 users can continue to upgrade to Windows 10 totally free – Microsoft originally offered the free upgrades included in a promo that was obtainable in the first Twelve months after the launch of Windows 10.
But at this time, anyone running Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.
Getting back to the marketplace share of Windows 7, the data provided by StatCounter implies that while Windows 7 declined, Windows 10 improved. This isn’t necessarily surprising, not only because of the approaching end of support for Windows 7, but additionally considering the aggressive upgrade push that Microsoft has embraced.
So in December 2019, Windows 7 was running on 26.79% of the Windows devices available, while Windows 10 reached a personal better of 65.4%. Certainly, the difference is big enough to obviously reveal that most Windows 7 users gone to live in Windows 10, but however, the graph that you simply see here confirms that many users don’t use whatever rush in upgrading their devices prior to the January 14 deadline.
The decline of Windows 7 has happened gradually without any steep drop experienced in one month to another. And what’s more, it even slowed up lately, which is kind of surprising since end of support is simply nearby. In October, Windows 7 was running on 27.98% of the Windows devices, dropping to 27.49% the following month and also to 26.79% in December. What this means is it lost just a little over 1% in two months, which for an operating system whose demise is almost happening is something rather unexpected.
Windows 8.1 sees no real take advantage of the death of Windows 7, which again confirms that many upgraders choose Windows 10. Windows 8.1 had a market share of 5.07% in October, 4.98% in November, and 4.87% in December.
The death of Windows 7 won’t happen overnight, that’s without a doubt, albeit I actually do expect the decline to achieve more speed within the coming months after Microsoft offers the last batch of security patches.
Enterprises will probably purchase custom support, a minimum of for just one year, especially as Windows 7 is broadly used in large fleets. The upgrade to Windows 10 is for many a pricey process, especially as buying new hardware is usually involved, but eventually, everyone will have to do it.
Windows XP is the living proof that the transition from the successful operating system to some newer sibling takes place much slower than anticipated, also it all happens despite the obvious security risks brought on by running unsupported software.
Windows 7 will indeed get the last updates on January 14, however these stats show it’ll hang in there for much longer. And I bet we won’t view it going away too early.