On January 14, 2020, Microsoft discontinued support for the 10-year-old Windows 7 operating system. Nevertheless, hundreds of millions of people use old OS despite the risks.
It will be released in Windows 7 in a few weeks. Lights up at least with respect to the provision of critical security updates. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft announced the end of support for the current 10-year-old operating system version. However, despite all security risks and numerous changes from Microsoft, standard reports show that hundreds of millions of users are using Windows 7.
27% still surf with Windows 7
According to recent figures from Net-Marketshare (as of October 2019), about 27% of Internet users are still using Windows 7. But calculations show that Windows 10 now accounts for 54%. A clear trend for the operating system now, but already a few years ago. Exactly a year ago, Windows 7 was ahead of Windows 10. By the way, Apple’s latest MacOS version accounts for more than 5%.
While many users have migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10 over the past few months, the rest of Windows 7 users have not been upgraded within two months until support ends. However, it is not necessarily due to the user’s will. In some cases, the device is too old to install a new operating system version. Also, new installations are usually charged. Many users will have to either get a new PC or switch to an alternative like Linux.
End of Support: Company Grace Period
Microsoft and Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise grant Microsoft another grace period. Security updates will be available for three years after support ends in mid-January. The situation is slightly different for Windows Server 2008, which is January 14, 2020, when support ends. Companies still using older versions warn the experts that their servers are at risk.