It’s time to say goodbye to Windows 7

There’s no time like the present to get your systems up to date and upgrade to Microsoft’s shiny new Windows 10. If you don’t, you’ll be leaving your business exposed and open to huge risks running previous systems. On January 14th 2020, Windows will be ‘flicking the switch’ on Windows 7, ending Microsoft’s biggest Operating System on the market, lasting over an 11-year period. Windows Server 2008 will also be ending on this date.

If you’re still using Windows 7, you’re not alone, but the stats below highlight areas for concern. You could be left with a large bill if you upgrade later rather than sooner when Windows 7 no longer receives support. It could also result in cyber security problems.

If you would like support with upgrading your systems speak to our specialist IT team on 0161 476 8276 or email itsupport@hallidays.co.uk.

Let’s take a look at some stats and the history of Windows 7 and what the future is likely to hold for Windows 10. Gain a clear picture of why it’s worth the time and money to upgrade…

Key Stats

40.3% - of all PC’s in the world are still using Windows 7.

45.9% - of the market use Windows 7.

43% - of Microsoft PC’s are running Windows 10.

  • October 22nd 2009

    Windows 7 first came into existence on July 22nd 2009, it was first released to manufacturing however it was on October 22nd 2009 it became generally available, less than 3 years after the release of Window’s Vista. Windows Server 2008 was released at the same time. Vista was criticised for its performance issues and compatibility with Windows XP computers (which even led to a class action lawsuit!) Such were the issues with Windows Vista, only six months after its public release reports were beginning to appear of the next version of Windows which turned out to be Windows 7.

  • March 18th 2010

    Windows 7 Service Pack 1 was announced on this date and the final version was released on February 22nd 2011. It improved security by adding additional identification fields such as E-mail ID. It also got rid of bugs lurking in the new operating system mainly a HDMI audio bug and printing XPS documents. Microsoft reported that the BrowserChoice.eu feature (a website offering internet users alternative choices to Internet Explorer) was still available, however for 14 months, it was not! This caused Microsoft more trouble with a whopping €561 million fine from the European Commission.

  • February 26th 2013

    There was a platform update to Windows 7 which included software enhancements, further bug fixes and reduced user issues. This update also included Internet Explorer 10. Although a little later than some users would have liked, this version of Internet Explorer received great praise, in recent years IE7 & 8 had fallen behind browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, IE 9 & 10 allowed Microsoft to catch up and then stand out on its own, with faster loading times and advanced privacy settings built in to IE10.

  • July 29th 2015

    Windows 10 launches, Microsoft aimed to have Windows 10 installed on at least one billion devices in the 2/3 years following release.

  • August 2016

    Windows 10 usage increased and then plateaued, in November 2017 it was recorded as running on more than 600 million devices and has an estimated usage share of 32% on traditional PCs and 15% across all platforms including PC, mobile, tablet and console.

  • 2018 onwards

    In 2018 Windows 10 became more popular than Windows 7 and thus the single most used Windows version overall.

A lot has happened in the last 10 years for Microsoft and its Operating Systems. Don’t delay in replacing your OS if you’re still running Windows 7. You might find yourself with cyber security problems and a large bill when Windows 7 no longer receives support and you’re forced to update.

Speak to our specialist IT team today on 0161 476 8276 or email itsupport@hallidays.co.uk for support on upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Learn more about how our IT experts can protect your business.

Posted 9th October 2018

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