The latest desktop OS market share numbers have been released by a major analytics firm, and while they show Windows 10 continuing to forge ahead, Windows 7 has actually undergone a slight uptick, too – which could be a potentially worrying sign for the future of Microsoft’s operating systems.The new figures from Netmarketshare for January show Windows 10 breaking the 40% barrier for the first time, hitting 40.9%, a sizeable increase from the previous month where it stood at 39.22%.Given that, you’d expect Windows 7 would have dropped, as it did in December 2018, when it fell two clear percentage points down to 36.9%. In January, however, it actually edged up to 37.19%, an increase of 0.29%.Where did Windows 10 make its gains, then? From people leaving Windows XP mainly – which sank to 2.76%, from 4.54% the previous month – and also Windows 8/8.1 deserters.Creep showHowever, it’s the fact that Windows 7 has crept up which is worth considering for a … [Read more...] about Windows 10 gains users, but so does Windows 7 – could it be the new Windows XP?
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Microsoft has announced the date for Windows 7 End of Life: January 14, 2020. This means Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system after that date.While Windows 7 is now several years old – it launched on July 22 2009 – it still remains incredibly popular, with a recent report by Netmarketshare suggesting that Windows 7 is still in use on 39% of PCs.So the news that Windows 7 will soon no longer be supported by Microsoft means there are a lot of users out there who need to start thinking about finally moving on from the trusted operating system.If you’re one of those people, in this guide we’ll explain how you can prepare for Windows 7 End of Life. We’ll look at why the end of support for Windows 7 is so important, as well as the options you have, and at how you can go about moving to Windows 10, Microsoft’s most recent operating system, as well as alternative software.Windows 7 End of Life: when does Windows 7 support … [Read more...] about How to prepare for Windows 7 End of Life
One year from today -- on January 14, 2020 -- Microsoft's support for Windows 7 will cease. That means no more updates or fixes, including security fixes, unless a customer pays after that date, which is the first Patch Tuesday of 2020. Microsoft introduced Windows 7 in July, 2009. A number of enterprise customers didn't begin deploying Windows 7 well into its lifecycle, and in some cases, only months before Windows 10 debuted in July, 2015. Microsoft officials said as of last fall that more than half of all Windows devices in the enterprise were running Windows 10, with the rest running Windows 7 and other older versions of Windows. Yet the support clock has ticked on. Microsoft will sell paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) on a per-device basis, with the price increasing each year. These ESUs will be available to any Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise users with volume-licensing agreements, and those with Windows Software Assurance and/or Windows 10 … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Windows 7 has one year of free support left
Microsoft today embraced Google’s Chromium open source project for Edge development on the desktop. The company also announced it is decoupling the browser updates from Windows 10 updates, and that Edge is coming to all supported versions of Windows and to macOS. Microsoft launched Edge in July 2015 as the default browser for, and exclusive to, Windows 10. But it never saw much adoption. Sure, Microsoft claimed Edge had 330 million active devices back in September 2017, but it never did reveal an active user figure beyond “hundreds of millions” (Google said Chrome passed 1 billion active users in May 2015). Edge has 4.34 percent market share today, according to the latest figures from Net Applications. So Microsoft wants to make some big changes, which it says will happen “over the next year or so.” The first preview builds of the Chromium-powered Edge will arrive in early 2019, according to Microsoft. Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Adopting the Chromium … [Read more...] about Microsoft is embracing Chromium, bringing Edge to Windows 7, Windows 8, and macOS