Windows 7 continues to see increased adoption
In the previous part of this series, we looked at Microsoft’s (MSFT) announcement of salient security features in its Windows 10 OS (operating system) that make it a better choice than Windows 7. Microsoft believes that companies will likely start deploying Windows 10 by January 2017 in anticipation of completing their migrations in 2019. It has announced that it will pull support for Windows 7 in January 2020, which will prompt many businesses to start pilot programs in the first half of 2016.
In the table below, you can see specific Microsoft Windows versions and the market share associated with each of them. According to WinBeta, Windows 7 is still seeing increased adoption. It increased from 47.3% in August 2016 to 48.3% in September 2016. On the other hand, Windows 10 adoption fell from 23.0% to 22.5%. Windows 8.1 and Windows XP also witnessed less usage.
Operating system is likely to become less relevant with passing time
If we listen to ZDNet’s Mark Samuel, who interviewed several CIOs (chief information officers), OS migration has a lower priority. It was the consensus of these CIOs that “the operating system itself is a lower priority than efforts to move applications to the cloud [and] the details of the operating system are less important to customers as applications are increasingly expected to run across multiple platforms.”
It’s clear that with the SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, and cloud) revolution, the cloud is increasingly becoming a preferred computing platform. It also means that operating systems, whether Apple (AAPL) iOS,[1. operating system for mobile devices] Microsoft Windows, or Google (GOOG) Chrome, they’re likely to lose relevance, according to TechRepublic.