Windows 7 still most used operating system

Millions of users yet to upgrade to Windows 10

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An interesting set of stats released by NetMarketShare, a leading U.S based operating system and browser usage tracker,  shows that Windows 10 adoption growth has somewhat slowed recently as opposed to expected adoption rates. Such operating system usage information is valuable  for any individual, company or organization that provides I.T client services that are to some extent dependent on a user’s computer operating system. This partly explains why for example, IT training institutions like us at LGIT, still offer training services on older products like Microsoft Office 2010, yet Office 2016 is now already available.2015-11-0212-18-08

As a software developer, the temptation is usually to provide support to the latest operating system available on the market, in other words making it “nice and shiny”, however in the process, dropping support for older platform, where in actual fact most users are to be found. The reasons for slow adoption of the latest operating system by millions of people around the world are varied and many some of which are as follows :

The Time Cost Required

Many people really feel that even though they would like to upgrade their operating system, they just don’t have the time to upgrade to a newer operating system. Granted that upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 for me, took surprisingly a few hours (2 to 3 hours) of my laptops unavailability, for some its too much time wasted.

Fear of Data Loss

I must personally admit that the one reason that kept me back from upgrading my operating system for a long time was the fear that I would lose valuable data from my hard drive during the upgrade process. Shocking experiences by some of my peers who had gone through an ugly operating system upgrade experience, made the fear even worse. This is probably the single biggest reason why some people simply make a decision not to upgrade their operating system at all. The premise is, if its not broken why fix it?

Lack of  Knowledge

Most Windows operating system users around the world, are simply end users, with most of them not being technically inclined, therefore in many cases wouldn’t know how to upgrade their operating systems by themselves. It must be noted however that Microsoft has put in a lot of effort in trying to make the upgrade process a simple to the end user as possibly by providing a “One-click  upgrade” path on Windows 8.1 and Window 10.  While the tools are there to facilitate the upgrade, the inertia therefore probably lies in the other reasons mentioned above and more.

Conclusion

Windows 10 adoption is definitely set to grow further in 2016 however perhaps not at lighting speed. Windows 8.1 usage, currently at 10.68% is expected to be overtaken quickly by Windows 10 which is currently sitting on 7.94%. Therefore IT professionals should continue tracking these stats so that they can make informed strategic decisions going forward.

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