Microsoft’s Windows 10 push yields little gain as Windows 7 still going strong

    Despite Microsoft’s announcement to end of support, Windows 7 share hasn’t shrunk much. Will this change with Windows 10 May 2019 update?
    By: KUL BHUSHAN
    | Updated on: May 01 2019, 18:05 IST
    Microsoft is gearing up for Windows 10 May 2019 Update
    Microsoft is gearing up for Windows 10 May 2019 Update (AFP)
    Microsoft is gearing up for Windows 10 May 2019 Update
    Microsoft is gearing up for Windows 10 May 2019 Update (AFP)

    Microsoft wants Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Over last few months, Microsoft has made several efforts to realise this - sending notifications about end of support and a compulsory March update. The only problem is Windows 7 users aren't letting go of the ageing software.

    According to NetMarketShare, a tracker of online services, Windows 10 managed to increase market share from 43.62% to 44.10%. Windows 7, however, shrunk very little to 36.43% from 36.52%. Microsoft's another older OS version, Windows 8.1, also increased its share.

    The latest report comes shortly before Microsoft's big update to Windows 10. Known as Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Microsoft will be rolling out a bunch of new features, ranging from a new password policy to more controls on installing the updates.

    Microsoft is finally inching closer to its initial target of 1 billion Windows 10 devices. While it's on 800 million devices right now, a large number of Windows 7 devices may continue to slow down Windows 10's growth.

    For Windows 7 users, sticking to the decade-old software will not be good in the long run. With no future security updates and patches, the software will grow more vulnerable to newer cyber attacks.

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    First Published Date: 01 May, 18:00 IST
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