WIN 7 STILL LOVED
WHICH IS SOMETHING OF A PROBLEM FOR WINDOWS 10
PEOPLE REALLY LIKE WINDOWS 7. The June figures from the analyst Net Applications show that Win 10 runs 40.4 percent of Windows PCs, while Win 7 has 47.3 percent. Win 10 managed to add a full point, but mostly at the expense of Win 8 and XP. If trends continue, parity is not expected until November. Other analysts differ. StarCounter, for example, is far more favorable to Win 10, putting it ahead. But all still show Win 7 in a strong position.
This is the problem: Support for Win 7 is due to be pulled in 18 months, by which time it’s estimated that it will still be running on 30–36 percent of systems. When Windows XP had its plug pulled, it was running on 29 percent, and there was a good deal of unease then. There is no sign of a compromise yet, but like XP before it, there has to be. Ending security updates with these numbers would be insane. In the meantime, we can expect enthusiastic efforts to get us to upgrade; let’s hope without too much trickery and pushing.