The latest Netmarketshare figures reveal the share of different versions of Windows globally, and if there is a protagonist, that is not Windows 10, but an intractable Windows 7 used by one of every two PC and laptop users on our planet.
Windows 10 returns to have the enemy at home, and the enemy is none other than resistance to change. The story seems to repeat itself: Windows XP already caused problems to the share of Windows 7 and Windows 8, and now it is Windows 7 that is compromising Microsoft’s ambitions with its latest operating system.
In 2020, Windows 7 support ends
Windows XP gave (and continues to give) the impression of being immortal, and it is surprising that by now, attentive, have the same market share as Windows 8 / 8.1, an operating system that was designed to replace Windows 7, not a Windows XP.
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Meanwhile Windows 7 seems not to tremble before a worrying fact: in two years the support period ends. The next January 14, 2020 ends the “extended support” (conventional support ended on January 13, 2015) of Windows 7, and will then be when users will be literally unprotected from new security threats. Microsoft, except in exceptional cases (as happened with Wannacry), will leave us alone, and continue to use this version of the operating system will jeopardize the security of our data.
What will happen then with Windows 7 and, especially with Windows 10? Theoretically the slow growth of quota of Windows 10 (5% more in a year) should be accelerated in a remarkable way, and in fact the descent curve of Windows XP (the green line) seems to be “followed” in parallel by the Windows 7 (the dashed red line). The answer, however, will be determined by users who demonstrate again and again that changing to a new operating system is very hard.