Released back in 2009, Windows 7 is almost five months away from its extended support period, meaning businesses and education customers who are the only customers receiving extended security updates (ESUs) are willing to pay for them. However, the vulnerable OS is still the second most popular desktop operating system behind Windows 10, taking up 25 percent of the market.
Windows 7 is still the second most popular desktop operating system behind Windows 10, taking up 25 percent of the market.
It exited mainstream support and entered its expanded support phase in January 2015, allowing customers to access free critical security patches, bug fixes, and technical support over the next five years.
On January 14 this year, the extended support period ended. ESUs are still available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers, but Microsoft charges $ 25 (Enterprise) or $ 50 (Pro) for each machine, and those prices increase every year.
Since Windows 7 does not receive patches for newly discovered vulnerabilities, it is at high risk of cyber attacks – the UK’s National Cyber Security Center has warned people not to use Windows 7 for Internet banking or emails. According to Netmarket Share, the number of users has changed since January, when the OS was found in about one-fourth of PCs (24.28 percent).
A year ago, Windows 7 accounted for 35 percent of the market, so a 10 percent decline for the decade-old OS is no longer supported. Why do so many people prefer not to upgrade to Windows 10? While Microsoft has done much to address this in recent years, it has been largely due to privacy issues surrounding the modern system. There are many problems with Windows 10 updates, some businesses don’t update, and many still prefer Windows 7.