Microsoft corporation will discontinue support for the Windows 7 operating system from January 14, 2020.
According to Net Applications, the seventh version of Windows still occupies about 47% of the desktop operating system market, i.e. almost half of this market, surpassing the popularity of Windows 10, Windows 8/8. 1, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems put together.
Statistics clearly show that despite the fact that Microsoft for a whole year offered the possibility of a free upgrade to the new Windows 10 operating system, the majority of the “seven” users did not take advantage of this opportunity.
It is clear that if by January 15, most users will still be using Windows 7, they will be left with an outdated operating system, for which no more updates will be released, including security-related ones, which will make Windows 7 as vulnerable to malware and hackers as Windows XP, which Microsoft stopped supporting in April 2014, or Windows Vista, support of which was also ceased formerly.
What should the “seven” users do after the termination of support and what can happen to the computer? There are three options for further actions.
1. Users will still use Windows 7.
It is probably that a significant part of users will continue to use the outdated, but so liked operating system for some time. It is clear that Windows 7 will lose its users not immediately after the end of support, but this will happen gradually, over several years.
2. Users will switch to Windows 10.
We can assume that after the end of support for Windows 7 first of all corporate users will switch to the new operating system Windows 10, which was unreachable for free upgrade to them.
3. Users will not switch to Windows 10, but will switch to alternative operating systems.
The era of desktop computers is a thing of the past. We can assume that in the near future, the usual desktop Windows will remain popular only in the corporate sector, which will continue to actively use stationary desktop PCs, which have traditionally been dominated by Windows for many years.
Now an increasing number of people are using mobile devices on Android and iOS and do not use Windows, so it is obvious that after some time, Windows will not seem to people as familiar operating system as before.
And therefore the office worker will need to train working with Windows in the same way as with any other unfamiliar operating system. As a result, this will lead to the fact that entities will refuse to buy Windows and either will purchase devices on familiar Android and iOS, or switch to Linux.
As Microsoft recently admitted, it was not possible to keep the developers’ interest in the mobile version of Windows, so this operating system has already been officially laid to rest, simultaneously refusing to release smartphones on Windows 10 Mobile.
Obviously, over time, application developers will begin to lose interest in ordinary Windows, as more and more people will use devices on other operating systems.