Microsoft has officially ended the sale of Windows 7 licenses to PC manufacturers. Though the extended support for the said operating system will continue until January 2020. The seven-year-old OS will not completely leave on a sad note. A data from the US analytics vendor Net Applications shows that Windows 7 is still the most popular computer operating system. Its market share for October is more than twice as much as that of Windows 10.
The End Of The Windows 7 Era
It should be noted that Windows 7 versions like the Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Ultimate were already discontinued two years ago, according to the Digital Trends. The time has come for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 to follow suit. This means that you probably won't be able to buy any PC in the next years that still runs on Windows 7.
According to the Computer World, the initial end-of-sales deadline for Windows 7 Professional was back on Oct. 31, 2014. However, Microsoft surprisingly only called for an end to its consumer systems. It was only last year that the tech company gave a one-year warning for OEMs to stop selling PCs that run on Windows 7 Professional.
Still The Most Popular PC OS
Based on the data provided by web analytics firm Net Applications, Windows 7 still holds the largest market share among other desktop operating system as of Oct. 16. Windows 7 has a commanding 48.38 percent market share. That's more than twice of Windows 10 with 22.59 percent.
This is even though the older Windows has lost about a fifth of its user share since the launch of Windows 10, according to the Computer World.
Since the extended support for Windows 7 is available until 2020, PC owners using Windows 7 may want to really consider upgrading to Windows 10 now. It will only take some time before the once dominant OS will be obsolete like the Windows XP.