Windows 7 owns 25% of the OS market even after EOL

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The fact that Microsoft decided to cease support for Windows 7 at the beginning of the year is probably old news by now. However, this action has taken a completely different turn of events as far as expectations are concerned.

More than 2 months after it was officially dropped, Windows 7 still holds a strong position in terms of user preferences, owning a bit over 25% of the OS market share.

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This shouldn’t come as such a big surprise since many users and companies stated that they aren’t planning to migrate anytime soon anyway.

Windows 7 still owns a quarter of the OS market

The data was gathered from the NetApplications website where they updated their Operating System market share stats.

In comparison, the graphs haven’t changed by much since December when Windows 7 owned 29% of the market.

How is it that Windows 7 is still so popular?

It is not a secret that Microsoft wants as many users as possible to migrate to Windows 10, and they did manage to make it their most popular OS. Unfortunately, there are plenty of factors that prevent this from happening.  In fact, some of them have nothing to do with the OS itself.

First of all, many users perceive Windows 7 to be incredibly similar to Windows 10. Because of this, they perceive the costly upgrade as being redundant.

Secondly, the main blame for the slow transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is the slow migration in terms of hardware. Not everyone can afford it, and new PCs and system upgrades are a big driver for the adoption of the latest OS from Microsoft.

Lastly, Covid-19 is causing supply chain issues in China which again affects the supply of new PCs and laptops.

You can still hang onto Windows 7 for a while longer

Thankfully enough, if you are stuck with Windows 7, either by choice or by force, you know that plenty of software giants will still offer support for it for the time being.

More so, if security is your main concern, rest assured since most antivirus companies are taking advantage of this new business opportunity, offering their services for Windows 7 for at least another 3 years.

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Besides, you can still safely use Windows 7 as long as you get the Windows 7 Extended Support for Business. However, keep in mind that this is quite a costly alternative.

However, you shouldn’t feel for Microsoft, since the slow transition isn’t affecting them too much financially, in fact, they reported that their Q2 earnings have risen anyway since they dropped support for Windows 7.

What’s your take on Windows 7‘s persistent popularity, despite EOL? Let us know what you think by leaving us a message in the comments section below.

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