The latest figures from Netmarketshare 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 that use one in two users of PCs and laptops on our planet.
Windows 10 again has 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 quota 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 is finished
Windows XP gave (and still gives) the impression of being immortal, and it is surprising that at this point, attentive, have the same market share as Windows 8 / 8.1, an operating system that was designed to replace Windows 7, not to Windows Xp.
Meanwhile, Win 7 seems not to be shaken by a worrying fact: in two years the support period is over. The next January 14, 2020 ends the “extended support” (conventional support ended January 13, 2015) of Windows 7, and it will be then when users will be literally unprotected to the new security threats. Microsoft, except in exceptional cases (as happened with Wannacry), will leave us alone, and continuing to use this version of the operating system will jeopardize the security of our data.
What will happen then with Win 7 and, especially with Windows 10? Theoretically the slow growth of Windows 10 quota (5% more in a year) should accelerate significantly, and in fact the downward 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 time and again that switching to a new operating system is very hard.