It is less than a year now that Microsoft ceases to support one of the company's most popular operating systems, Windows 7. On January 14 next year, Microsoft will no longer provide users with security updates or support for a Windows 7-based computer , at least within the framework of customary agreements.
This is despite the fact that Windows 7 is still one of the most widely used operating systems, even in November last year, is still the most popular of all, according to the analyst's measurements. Net market share.
Only in December, Windows 10 became the seventh as the most commonly used desktop and laptop operating system in the world. The "10th", which is on the market since 2015, has a market share of 39.22% compared to 36.6%.
– This is a significant part of Windows 7, also among the companies in Sweden. Perhaps a bit lower than the global figure, but still a lot, says Bo Bau, chairman of the Microsoft IAMCP partner organization and chief executive officer of the consulting company Retune.
But Boon says companies are much more prepared for this change, this time from the most recent very popular operating system, XP.
"At that time, many people were taken to bed. Now I feel that most people are aware of this and have a plan. I think there are a lot of people who are making this change this year, and I do not think there is panic.
Why then does Windows 7 have such a long life with so much?
– They are perceived as stable, and if you have many own applications and you may not have the requirements to be in the forefront, then you are likely to stay. It's always a great job to migrate, with an inventory of all apps and so on.
Anders Elbak, a PC analyst at IDC's analysis company, says many companies are running Windows 7 and Windows 10, and at least half of the organizations in Sweden still use Windows 7 to some extent, but neither Anders Elbak thinks there is any greater nervousness of companies.
– Many of them already have a migration plan, and there will also be security updates even if you have to pay for it – if you do not choose to move the Windows 7 machine to Azure and start it as a virtual machine. This means you can choose to migrate most of your computers, but let machines that run special programs that migrate hard to continue in Windows 7.
Analytical company Forrester Research looks at corporate PCs only, and the figure transferred to Windows 10 is higher than the overall figure of net market share. Last year, "there was a huge migration to Windows 10," said analyst Andrew Hewitt of the news site. ZDNet – And now, 56% of all corporate PCs work under Windows 10.
"The change is fast, but it seems like it's a long way to go all the way to Windows 10," he told ZDNet.
One of the reasons that Hewitt mentions is that many companies remain with licensing programs that are not compatible with Windows 10.
At the same time, when Microsoft downloads support for Windows 7, they do the same with Windows Mobile 10. As early as 2017, Microsoft concludes that the company will no longer develop new features or new hardware for Windows 10 Mobile but they continue with security and security. software updates. However, this will end on December 10 this year.
Instead, Microsoft recommends Windows 10 Mobile users to migrate to IOS devices or Android devices. "With the support of Windows 10 Mobile OS ends, we recommend users to move to Android or IOS devices that are supported," they write on the Windows Support page.
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