For many years, the Microsoft’s Windows 7 has served and remained the most preferred Windows operating system. This preference continued even after another future OS was released, as the Windows 8.
Microsoft later announced some years back, that support for the Windows 7 would be discontinued, which made it necessary for users to move to other Microsoft OS. But which OS would be preferred?
NetMarketShare data for December 2018 shows that Windows 10 has now overtaken Windows 7 in desktop operating system market share. This means that the end of the Windows 7 OS might come earlier than we expected.
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The decline in usage of the Windows 7 might be attributed to either the decision to drop extended support for the older OS in January 2020 or a natural progression towards the adoption of newer software.
Whatever the reason is for the new statistics between the Windows 7 and Windows 10, the Windows 10 is now officially the most popular operating system in the world.
Despite this move by Microsoft, some users do not also favour an upgrade. This is similar to what happened with the Windows XP OS. Back in 2014, Microsoft declared the end of support for Windows XP Operating system.
Even with the news, Windows XP is still more popular than any version of Windows 8. This might also be experienced with the Windows 7.
But to be on the safer side, if you are a Windows 7 user it is important for you to upgrade to Windows 10 by 14 January 2020 to avoid losing support for your operating system.
The downside of continued usage of the OS despite the end of support is that it will become vulnerable to new security flaws, as it does not receive security updates.
If history is anything to go by, many people are still using Windows 7 however and will continue to use the operating system for many years to come.
The point of all of this is;
If you are still using Windows 7 when the software’s support ends in 2020, you will no longer receive security updates and will subsequently be more vulnerable to malicious software.
Another downside to continuous usage of the Windows 7 is that you may encounter problems updating drivers for your hardware, as these may no longer be available for the operating system.
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When Windows 10 was launched, Microsoft also changed its policy from what it calls Fixed Lifecycle Policy to a Modern Lifecycle Policy, which covers products and services that are supported continuously.
So if you are still on the Windows 7, to avoid all the hazards mentioned above, Please upgrade to the Windows 10 before the stated date.
I will really like to hear from you, Which Microsoft OS do you presently use and will you be willing to upgrade to the Windows 10? Leave your comment in the comment section below or reach out to me on all social media platforms @bridletech.