Windows 7 apps should work fine after Windows 10 upgrade

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by Matthew Adams
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Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in just a few days. Then the software giant will stop releasing patch updates for Win 7. As such, many users will at least be considering upgrading to Windows 10; but some might wonder if all their current apps will be compatible with the latest platform.

However, Microsoft’s Mr. Anderson has now reassured users that about 99 percent of the Windows 7 apps will run okay in Windows 10.

Microsoft announced in September 2018 that there will be a new Desktop App Assure service for users to help resolve potential app compatibility issues after upgrading to Windows 10.

The Microsoft 365 vice president, Mr. Anderson, has now confirmed that service is globally available on a webpage titled: “2019 is the year to make the shift to a modern desktop.” There Mr. Anderson also stated:

So far, out of 41,000 applications within their estates, customers have come to us to evaluate 7,000 applications for potential compatibility concerns. However, when the Desktop App Assure team dug into it, they found that only 49 apps required assistance… Another way to look at this is that only 0.1 percent of all the apps that customers who have worked with the Desktop App Assure team to evaluate have had a compatibility issue.

So Microsoft has confirmed that the vast majority of apps for Windows 7 will be compatible with Windows 10. However, the company has still established the Desktop App Assure team to fix app compatibility issues that might emerge after a Windows 10 or Office 365 update.

Users can file a ticket via FastTrack to get some input from a Microsoft engine10er. Desktop App Assure is a freely available service for users with a Microsoft 365 Enterprise subscription.

Mainstream Microsoft support for Windows 7 will officially cease on January 14, 2020. Yet, Netmarketshare data highlights that Win 7 still has a 30 percent market share. However, Mr. Anderson’s confirmation that nearly all Win 7 apps will be compatible with Windows 10 might convince more users to make the switch to Windows 10.


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Speaking of this migration, we’re pretty sure Windows 7 is the next Windows XP. Despite Microsoft’s continuous efforts to convince users to upgrade, we dare say Windows 7’s market share won’t drop below 20% in 2020. There are three main elements that support this hypothesis:

  • Many Windows 7 users are reluctant to upgrade their OS as they’re satisfied with its performance. After all, why fix it if it ain’t broken?
  • Windows 10 has a long history of upgrade bugs which makes people think twice before hitting the update button.
  • For businesses and organizations, switching to Windows 10 requires careful planning, which takes time.

Are you planning to jump on the Windows 10 boat? Let us know in the comments below.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2019 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2019 and was revamped and updated in January 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.