Windows 7 is the new Windows XP: nobody seems to want to give it up
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 a Windows 7 standout that still 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.
Windows XP gave (and still gives) the feeling of being immortal, and it is surprising that by now, it has the same market share as Windows 8 / 8.1, an operating system that was designed to replace Windows 7, not Windows XP .
Meanwhile, Windows 7 seems not to be shaken by a worrying fact: in two years the support period is over. Next January 14, 2020 ends the “extended support” (conventional support ended January 13, 2015) of Windows 7, and will be then when users will be literally unprotected by 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 Windows 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 time again that switching to a new operating system is a very hard task.