As end-of-life approaches for Windows 7, users are finally beginning to migrate en masse to Windows 10.
On January 15th, 2020, Microsoft will officially cease support for its venerable Windows 7 operating system. This means the end of patches and updates, which means security-conscious users will begin moving to newer operating systems like Windows 10. We’re already beginning to see large numbers of users migrating to the new operating system.
According to Net MarketShare, Windows 10 users began to outnumber Windows 7 users as of January 2018. Since that time the gap has begun to widen significantly. Roughly 40% of personal computers are running Windows 10, compared to 37% which are still running 7.
We expect this trend to continue, in part because Windows 10 is a useful operating system, and partly because of Microsoft’s marketing efforts to push users toward its new platform. As a matter of fact, Microsoft will begin pushing upgrade reminders to users this month. Windows 7 users will see these as pop-ups on their desktop. While these reminders are helpful for some, other users may find them tedious and annoying. Luckily, there are ways to turn these notifications off.
While upgrading an individual machine to Windows 10 is pretty simple, migrating an entire company to a new operating system can be a monumental task. If your company simply isn’t ready to make the move you can purchase extended support from Microsoft, albeit costly. If this interests you, check out our article on Windows 7 Extended Support Updates.
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