Recent reports reveal that, at least up to a million Windows 7 users are yet to update their systems to a newer version, even after nearly a year of Microsoft retiring the decade-old operating system.
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft had stopped releasing safety updates for Windows 7 installations. The move was followed quickly by several third-party vendors, who soon after Microsoft’s announcement dropped thier affiliation to the Operating System.
Confirming these reports in light of the first end-of-support anniversary, prolific Windows author Ed Bott has wrangled up some data to deduce that while the number of Windows 7 installations has undoubtedly fallen in the past twelve months, there are still more than 100 million PCs operating on the Windows 7 OS . More worryingly, Bott claims “that [the actual] number could be considerably greater.”
Additionally, Bott reportedly consulted with some analytics experts last year and concluded that, even after Microsoft stopped sending security updates, about 200 million PCs worldwide continued to run Windows 7.
Bott states that the number of computers running Windows 7 has declined from 18.9 percent to 8.5 percent, contrasting the figures between December 2019 and December 2020.
Furthermore, with regards Windows 7 usage, the numbers from NetMarketShare, which monitors web usage, indicate a similar decrease from 31.2% to 21.7% .