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12 Feb 2019

Microsoft Windows 7! Losing Relevance?

Microsoft windows 7

It’s no amazement, that no matter how hard Microsoft tries, a lot of people are unwilling to move away from Windows 7. In the latest analytics result from Netmarketshare, the soon to be retro operating system actually saw a tiny bit of growth last month, which means to some degree it is not losing relevance.

Windows 7 figures
Windows 7 Operating System Shares according to Netmarketshare

The latest data put Windows 7 on 40.41% and Windows 10 on 36.94% meaning the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system is still a contender with the Windows 7 operating system.

With Windows XP shrinking to 3.96% from 3.76% and Windows 8/8.1 also showing a very small decline, it appears not all users of these ancient operating systems are jumping straight to Windows 10.

Nevertheless, Microsoft Windows ran 87% of the world’s machines, while Most of the rest ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.

Windows shares
Operating System Shares according to Netmarketshare

In truth, most of the Windows 7 market share is made up by the business sector. Many of those companies are now scrambling to make the switch to Windows 10. Since entering its last 12 months of extended support, so unless you are a business willing to pay for them, Free extended support for Windows 7 will end in January 2020, less than 18 months away. If they want official support through to 2023, they will have to pay a considerable price.

owever, a fraction of the masses are still loyal to Windows 7 probably due to its compatibility features and are determined to hang on.

But in all likelihood, more people will abandon Windows 7 this year as the end of the extended support phase gets closer.

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