You'll receive the latest features and security enhancements on Windows 10. Microsoft focuses on that version as it's the most recent, and yet there are people who still use Windows 7 despite its outdated, unsupported status. Now, there's data suggesting just how little interest these Windows 7 users have in upgrading to anything newer. Either users don't care about the operating system they're on or they face some barriers in upgrading to a newer version. Perhaps it's a mixture of both reasons, too.
In a report published by NetMarketShare, the data reveals that Microsoft's entire Windows platform barely shifted between January and February. Specifically, Windows 7 lost less than 1 percent of market share to sit at 25.2 percent. Its adoption rate continues to hold up even after Microsoft ended support earlier this year. Shifts in adoption could take months to appear dramatic, and that's what occurred with Windows XP. Microsoft ended support, but users didn't rush to upgrade until they lost key functionality.
Windows 10 debuted in 2015, which tells us just how old in-use Windows 7 PCs are. ExtremeTech notes that while some units could still offer decent performance, they're likely to face a serious slowdown soon. Existing PCs, however, store a lot more power while also operating much more efficiently than Windows 7-powered desktops and laptops ever did. The report indicates Windows 10's adoption rate sits at 57.39 percent.
Microsoft discontinued support in mid-January, but it needed to offer software updates that fixed bugs relating to disabled wallpapers and an inability to shut down or restart PCs. As the bugs are gone, Windows 7 could finally be left in the dark for the rest of time. Users with desktops and laptops running Windows 7 should upgrade to Windows 10 or another platform immediately. Not only will you experience current features, but you'll also gain security improvements to protect against vulnerabilities and outside threats.