People won’t abandon Windows 7, report suggests OS is still going strong


Windows 7 debuted in 2011 and Windows 10 is Microsoft’s
replacement for a decade old operating system. After 11 years
of regular security and non-security patches, Windows 7 reached
its end of extended support period in January, but the market
share report suggests that people just won’t abandon it.

No more security and non-security updates are being issued for
the OS and Microsoft officials have recommended that users
should switch to Windows 10 or other supported OS, such as
Windows 8.1.

The data published by NetMarketShare reveals that the Windows 7
platform barely shifted between January and September as the OS
lost just 2 percent of its market share.

It had 25.56% market share in January and it’s currently
running on 22.71% of devices. in fact, the market share of
Windows 7 improved last month as more users left Linux.

Windows 7 share increased from 22.31% in August to 22.71% in
September. At the same time, Windows 10 market share also
jumped from 60.57% to 61.26%.

Desktop September market share
September 2020 and August 2020

Microsoft gained this additional market share at the expense of
Linux, as the last stats for September show a huge dip in Linux

Linux market share has improved a lot since April, but it looks
like more users are returning back to Windows. Last month,
Linux market share declined by 50% and it’s currently running
on 1.14% of PCs. In August, Linux was running on 2.33% of PCs.

As we speculated in May,
the rise in the market share of Linux corresponds with the
work from home trend, but as the businesses are opening their
offices again, employees are turning back to Windows.

Elsewhere, Windows XP stagnation continues, but a small number
of people still use it for some reason. As of September 2020,
Windows XP is still found on 0.78% of devices.

Last month, Windows 8.1 market share also increased from 2.69%
to 2.99%.

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