Microsoft is no longer delivering feature updates to Windows 7, but the company is supporting the operating system with security patches. The support for the decade-old operating system will end on January 14th, 2020, and Microsoft has been actively promoting Windows 10 for businesses and consumers.
Windows 10 is full of fancy new features like Cortana, Windows Timeline, Action Center, and the redesigned Start menu. But despite the fancy features and improved security, not everyone is willing to make the jump to Windows 10 and give up on Windows 7.
According to market share report, Windows 7 still holds 26% of desktop operating system market share.
NetMarketShare’s December 2019 data revealed that Windows 7 is at 26.64% of the market, while Windows 10 holds 54.62% of the market and Apple’s macOS X 10.15 comes in third place with 4.23% share.
The data provided by StatCounter also shows that Windows 7 has declined and Windows 10 improved its share in December 2019. However, this isn’t necessarily good news as Windows 7 was still running on 26.79% of the desktop in December. According to StatCounter, Windows 10 market share increased to 65.4%.
Windows 7 won’t die overnight and users will still use the OS after January 14th, 2020, and enterprises are likely to purchase custom support for another year.
Many Windows 7 users won’t be joining the Windows 10 party anytime soon. Some users have concerns about forced Windows 10 updates, while some are worried about botched Windows Updates. Many users simply don’t like the modern user interface and experience of Windows 10.
Windows 7 may have had fewer update issues and better privacy, but browsing the internet on a PC with a discontinued operating system makes you vulnerable to security issues.
After January 14, 2019, users need to start thinking about finally moving on from Windows 7.