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Windows 10 Approaches 1 Billion Devices But Windows 7 Refuses to Go Away

Early next year, Windows 7 will reach its end of support which means running the OS, will expose your device and organization to malicious threats. While many customers are well into the journey of migrating away from the OS, there are some who have yet to start the process.

For Windows 10, adoption has been growing steadily, albeit a bit slower than Microsoft had initially predicted when the OS was first released. But, today, the company is saying that there are more than 900 million devices running the operating system which is a significant milestone. Microsoft reported that Windows 10 had passed the 800 million device mark in March of 2019.

According to Net MarketShare, which provides a rough estimate of the operating system landscape, the metrics state that Windows 10 is on about 42% of PCs whereas Windows 7 is still on a sizeable 36%. While these numbers are not perfect, they do show that there is still a sizeable segment of the market running the older operating system.

What this means is that in 2020, Microsoft should easily pass the 1 billion active devices milestone next year. Considering that Microsoft has focused its efforts lately on its cloud and SaaS businesses, Windows remains a key pillar of the company’s long term success.

If you are still running Windows 7 and need additional support, there are a couple of options to prolong your migration to Windows 10; you can find those resources here. But for those of you who have made the move to 10, you are in good company.

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2 responses to “Windows 10 Approaches 1 Billion Devices But Windows 7 Refuses to Go Away”

  1. rm

    I like Windows 10 and it keeps getting better. However most people confuse the marketing name of "Windows 10" with the versions of the OS that are released. There are multiple versions of Windows that have been released under the "Windows 10" product name. Where as prior releases of Windows changes names with every release except maybe "Windows NT" which saw more than one release. So, "Windows 10" as a product name has 900 million devices it is running on, but there are multiple releases that make up that 900 million. So when you talk market share of different versions of Windows, make sure you are looking at the versions of "Windows 10" in relation to "Windows 8", "Windows 7", etc.. Hopefully the "Windows 10" product will be on 1 billion devices soon, but it will take a few more years to get a "Windows 10" version to have 1 billion devices like "Windows 7" achieved given the sped up cadence of releases.

    • navarac

      In reply to RM:

      I think in terms of being on Windows 10 SP9 ! As Paul Thurrott mentioned on Windows Weekly yesterday, there is not a lot of large differences between builds. I have had all the builds and consider it more nuanced.

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