Windows 7 still has relatively high marketshare

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The clock is ticking and Microsoft is set to discontinue support for Windows 7 on January 14.

You would expect that with such a looming deadline, the majority of Windows 7 users would already be on their way to Windows 10.

According to new data provided by NetMarketShare for the month of October, that’s not the case. The market share of Windows 7 barely declined last month and Windows 10 marketshare took a drop as well.

Windows 10 declined from 54.30% marketshare to 53.33%. Windows 7 was still the runner-up but its market share fell from 26.94% in October to 26.86% in November.

The Windows Dilemma

The bitter truth is, more than 1 in 4 PCs out there are still running Windows 7. The issue is not just restricted to consumers, some companies are holding on as well.

Dell says the chip delays has impacted its shipments and the problem is likely to continue in the coming months.

Dell has recently revealed that the Intel chip delays are likely to impact Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades, forcing some companies to push their migration to the new operating system later in 2020.

“Intel CPU shortages have worsened quarter-over-quarter and the shortages are now impacting our commercial PC and premium consumer PC Q4 forecasted shipments,” Jeffrey Clarke, Dell vice-chairman, products and operations, explained during the company’s latest earnings report.

“History would suggest that if we can’t fulfil demand in the industry, then we will see it spill over into the coming calendar year, particularly with Windows 10,” Dell chief financial officer Thomas Sweet added.

This will be an interesting trend to watch over the next few months because based on this data, it seems like there may be a cool stampeded from both consumers and enterprises to Windows 10 when the support date expires.

Stay tuned for more on this…

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