For many of us, Windows 7 was the last big hurrah before Microsoft had the fantastic idea to staple a new, modern and touch-based operating system atop its classic desktop architecture – and while, some years later, Windows 10 has made good on many of these failings, Windows 7 is still regarded by many around the world as the last definitive version of Windows intended for classic desktop PCs.
Sadly, that era has come to an end today, as Microsoft has officially dropped support for its older operating system – meaning that the future is now firmly in the hands of Windows 10 and any future iterations thereof.
Microsoft launched Windows 10 with the lofty goal of having the operating system installed on one billion devices, and only four years post-release did the company manage to outpace the total number of active Windows 7 installations. In fact, it’s predicted that around 26% of all PCs running today still maintain an installation of Windows 7.
While Enterprise installations of Windows 7 will benefit from a few extra security updates, the development leaves personal users in the lurch. While Microsoft did offer a free upgrade period with the view of encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, any new installation of the latter operating system will now be a paid endeavour.
As the time of Windows 7 winds down, it remains to be seen as to whether Microsoft will be able to close the gap and premiere Windows 10 as the new and definitive version of its operating system – a move which, if successful, at least comes with the promise of continuous updates.
Other platforms may move in for the kill, however, as Google’s Chrome OS continues to gain traction – specifically in the United States.
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