Windows 7 OS Versions
If you paid any attention to the desktop OS market share figures in the last few months, you might have noticed that the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems gained a few points at Windows XP’s expense. This has to do with the simple fact that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are the latest Windows OS versions available to the XP users looking to make the upgrade. However, the recent figures show that even this small increase in the market share is now reversing.
Windows 7 gains market share
In fact, there was a point when the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 even overtook the market share enjoyed by XP. This clearly indicated that the XP users are finally abandoning their favourite OS and moving on to the new Windows OS versions available. However, this trend appears to be a temporary one. According to the latest desktop OS market share figures, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1’s shares are declining and Windows 7 seems to be gaining even more market share.
Already above the 50% mark, Windows 7’s market share is now retaining around 55%. The market share for Windows 7 was only 47.3% back in February 2014. Now, it has risen to 56.2%. Clearly, big chunks of these users come from Windows XP, which went from 29.5% to 18.2% during the same period. These statistics are from the officially released NetApplications market survey data.
Windows 7 Mainstream Support
Microsoft is very keen on getting these Windows XP users to upgrade to the latest Windows OS versions like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Perhaps, this is why they discontinued the supply of some of the Windows 7 versions to their OEM partner in October 2014. It was becoming clear to Microsoft that most XP users would upgrade to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
So, they discontinued the supply of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and the Ultimate editions to their OEM platforms. It is no longer possible to buy new systems that come with pre-installed Windows 7 versions with any of the OS editions mentioned above. However, the Windows 7 Professional edition is still available. But, this version is more expensive than the standard versions mentioned above. The supply of retail disc versions of all Windows 7 editions was discontinued long time ago.
Also, the Windows 7 Mainstream support is set to expire on Jan 13, a deadline just around the corner. Perhaps, when released, the Windows 10 OS will finally change this trend.
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