Windows 7 will be officially retired come 2020. Much the same as XP being retired way back when (2009 to be pedantic) there will no doubt be the customary last minute dash to upgrade home and work systems to avoid potential conflicts and security breaches…. or so one would think.
Microsoft has recently released figures suggesting that over 200 million enterprise users alone are now using Windows 10 as their Operating system. *Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President who leads the Windows 10 team said, “We’ve seen that Windows 10 adoption rate increase now at 79% year over year growth”.
From a business aspect, this makes sense as upgrading to Windows 10 gradually now can ease the changeover process and lower the risk of missing the deadline and having to upgrade all users at once potentially causing delays elsewhere in the business. A staggered approach in upgrading at that time could lead to higher security breaches, viruses and compatibility issues, which could be harmful in the short and long term.
The other main reason could be that Windows 10 is just a more reliable upgrade from 7 than XP was to Windows 8/8.1 which windows was marketing heavily at the time and was a problematic operating system that caused controversy with its lack of start button (initially until 8.1 revision) and it’s app influenced desktop environment. Windows had previously failed with its resource hogging Vista iteration, and Windows 7, which was more akin to XP, was clearly revisited in many areas when Microsoft came to creating Windows 10, although many of Windows 8.1 refinements would remain for the latest Windows Operating System.
Whilst these numbers may seem impressive at first, they do in fact account for less than half of the current corporate representation of Windows Licensed business systems currently provided by Microsoft. Furthermore, much like before with XP’s retirement it is unrealistic to think all businesses will have made the switch by the deadline and may continue to run instances for many years after. XP is still used in some business settings even without security updates. From a consumer point of view, the mass upgrade is even less likely with most Windows users still preferring 7 to 8/8.1 to Windows 10 though for the casual consumer Windows 10 will still find its way into many more homes post deadline due to it being bundled with new laptops and OEM systems.
Even though in 2018 Windows 10 is not the majority Windows Operating System in use for either business or home users, the rate in the uptake leads me to believe that by 2020 the upgrade compliancy will be much higher than the during the retirement of XP in 2009. In this time, Windows will no doubt have released further Windows 10 service packs with additional fixes and features to entice business and home users to make the jump. Here at VooServers we have been using Windows 10 for some time and while there was no doubt a slight adjustment we can recognise that it put plenty right from the ever-divisive Windows 8.
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By Matthew Porter on May 14th, 2018