The Windows Latest edition, citing data from analytical companies NetMarketShare and StatCounter, shared data on the number of installed versions of Windows on computers in 2020. Windows 7 is still in the lead.
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft stopped releasing critical security updates and providing technical support to Windows 7. The company offered all users of this version of the operating system free of charge (subject to a license) to upgrade to Windows 10. Surprisingly, millions of people turned down this offer.
At the moment, according to StatCounter statistics, Windows 7 is installed on 17.6% of Windows computers worldwide. In 2019, the share of this OS was 25.56%. So after the final end of support, the share decreased by only 8%. NetMarketShare provides slightly different numbers. According to their information, the share of Windows 7 is now 21%, and this is 10% less compared to their data for 2019.
The prevalence of Windows 7 in the market may be due to the fact that many organizations that have purchased a system license are in no hurry to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to avoid the additional costs associated with updating the PC fleet and the need for additional maintenance. Moreover, almost all existing software continues to be optimized for Windows 7.
Paradoxically, in both reports, the five most popular versions continue to be Windows XP… True, its share has fallen sharply and is less than 1%.
Windows 10’s market share is likely to increase in 2021 when Microsoft releases Windows 10X and the Sun Valley update.
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