How Windows 7’s EOL made Windows 10 the most popular OS

Teodor Nechita
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Microsoft has held the dominant position in the OS market for years now, and things don’t seem to show any sign of changing. The software giant seems to have finally hit a monumental benchmark of 1 billion active Windows 10 users according to an Italian website.

The journey to this noticeable mark has been a steady one, albeit a lot slower than Microsoft had anticipated. Back in 2015 when it was launched, Microsoft anticipated it will reach 1 billion users “within 2 or 3 years”.

However, while Windows 10 did bring plenty of new tools and features, many users still used Windows 7. This made it so that Windows 10 had achieved the coveted goal 3 years later than expected.

How Windows 10 reached 1 billion users

The journey to this achievement was long and hard, and some may even argue that it was only the downfall of Windows 7 that lead to the rise of Windows 10:

Pre-Windows 7 EOL

Post-Windows 7 EOL

It was only after Windows 7 was reported to be reaching the EOL that Windows 10 finally started gaining popularity

  • In March 2019, Microsoft reported 800 million active Windows 10 users
  • In September 2019, Microsoft reported 900 million active Windows 10 users
  • January 14 2020 marked Windows 7’s EOL
  • Now Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is inching closer and closer to the 1 billion-user mark

As for Windows 10’s delayed growth, many consider the security issues WIndows 10 had in the beginning, as well as the entire privacy fiasco in which it was involved.

Of course, Microsoft prepared all manner of incentives to make users fall for Windows 10. In fact, they even had a year-long campaign where they were offering for free.

Even now when it has reached the dominant market share, Windows 10 is still not that ahead of Windows 7.

Regardless of which, even if Windows 10 does surpass Windows 7, there are still plenty of users that prefer to remain with Windows 7, be it for financial reasons, or simply out of commodity.

Whichever the case, they aren’t keen on upgrading too soon, since software giants are still offering support for the now obsolete OS for a couple of more years.

What is your take on this historical achievement for Windows 10? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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