Computerworld reports that June 2020 saw Windows 10 gain more than a percentage point of market share within all Windows PCs worldwide.
This conclusion was drawn from statistics gathered by Net Applications, a popular metrics vendor. They showed how operating systems installed on PCs across the globe shifted in the month of June.
Windows 7’s market share, meanwhile, shrank by almost the same amount in that time.
By the time the middle of 2021 rolls around, Computerworld’s projections say that Windows 10 could make up as much as 85% of all Windows installs. That’s great news for the OS (and Microsoft).
Rise and fall (and rise again)
Computerworld puts Windows 10’s rise and 7’s fall down to the fact that some people have been returning to work after working from home during March and April. In this period, Windows 7 to Windows 10 migrations slowed. As people have returned to work, they picked up again. This was Computerworld’s analysis based on Net Applications’ figures.
Net Applications gets its figures from data embedded inside the browsers that access the websites of its extensive client base. They count the visitor sessions of those browsers to get a good sense of who makes up what portion of the overall operating system market across the world.
While Windows 7 remains (stubbornly) installed on the hard drives of many users, Computerworld predicts that by the middle of 2021, Windows 10 will make up almost 85% of all Windows installs across the globe.
Upgrade for better everything
It bears mentioning that upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 is a very smart move in 2020. This is especially true for businesses who handle sensitive information every day, and who can’t risk losing it or having things like ransomware attacks taking their operations offline for any length of time.
Microsoft continues to do fantastic work on their latest operating system, having released the May 2020 update recently with a variety of tweaks, feature additions, and general improvements. To check if you’re up to date, you can run Microsoft’s Windows Update Assistant tool. This will bring you up to speed with the latest patches.
Not to mention that Microsoft says Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows the company has ever released. Impressively, the included Windows Defender anti-malware feature manages to hold its own, even among its paid-for competitors.
Most pointedly, however, is that Windows 10 is faster, more secure, and offers better cloud integrations than Windows 7 does. This makes running a business on it a much better long-term strategy.