A survey has shown that companies are in no rush to abandon Windows 7 and upgrade to the latest version of the operating system. The world’s most popular desktop OS is good enough for many, it appears.
Speaking of, Windows 7 is on track to reach end of support in January 2020 — which is not all that far off when you think about it.
And while this looming deadline is seen as a major catalyst for both home users and IT professionals to begin the transition to Windows 10, a new survey conducted by Kollective in the UK and US shows that users are taking their time with this.
Respondents include some 260 IT decision makers in both countries.
And as revealed, no less than 43% confirmed that they were still running Windows 7, which is a bit worrying if you wind back the clock to April 8, 2014 when Microsoft pulled the plug off of Windows XP. It took some companies as much as five years to give up on this version of the OS.
In fact, Windows XP is still powering some computers.
A wholesome 33% of the companies with more than 100,000 systems are still on this version of Windows that launched 17 year ago.
What’s even more concerning is the fact that some 17% of the companies did not even know that the support for Windows 7 is coming to an end in a bit over a year. January 2020 is when Microsoft will stop offering security updates for Windows 7, leaving any new vulnerabilities unpatched.
That is, unless the software titan has a change of heart, and extends the deadline another year or two.
Windows 7 still has a market share that exceeds 40% by some counts, even though Windows 10 is projected to overtake it this year and become the number one version of the operating system.
Still, this decline has been at a slower than expected pace.
Particularly, as evident, in the enterprise sector.
What about you guys? Any of you still rocking Windows 7 in home or office? Any plans in place to upgrade soon? Let us know by leaving a comment.