Recently the news of Windows post blogs have attracted great attention, leading to a global discussion of Windows 10. Do you remember what Terry Myerson said in the Windows blog post that Windows 10 upgrade process will start automatically in early 2016? Terry Myerson claimed: Windows 10 is the best Windows ever – familiar, safer, faster, and full of innovations. Besides, if you choose to upgrade, then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.
Now it's already 2016 and it's been a month. How is Windows 10 going now?
Windows 10 Now Grabs a Bigger Market Share than Windows 8.1
Launched in July 2015, Microsoft Windows 10 is gradually increasing its market share. In the last few months of 2015, Windows 10 has become the 3rd most commonly used PC desktop platform. Although Microsoft confirmed the performance of Windows 10, claimed that Windows 10 is the best OS so far, and keeps offering free upgrade service to Windows 10, statistics show that Windows 10 still grabs smaller market share than Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
But now things have been changed. According to the data provided by StatCounter, Windows 10 has achieved a real success by the first 15 days of Jan. 2016, because now it grabs a bigger market share than Windows 8.1 and has become the 2nd most commonly used PC desktop platform.
At present, Windows 7 still ranks first in desktop OS market share, the ratio reaches to 46.7%; Windows 10 the second, 13.41%, Windows 8.1 the third, 11.81%, OS X the fourth, 8.94%, and Windows XP the fifth, 8.12%. For Microsoft, these figures are quite encouraging.
Microsoft Cuts Support for Windows 7/8.1
According to Forbes online magazine, Microsoft was originally planning to lengthen the lifecycle of Windows 7 and Windows 8 to 2020 and 2023 respectively, but now it makes a sudden change to the support policy.
Microsoft announced on its Windows blog that the new CPU (Intel Kaby lake, AMD Bristol Ridge and Snapdragon 820) will only support Windows 10. In addition, the Intel Skylake 10 is also an exclusive by Windows 10. That means Microsoft will completely abandon the support for its old OS platform unless users stick to old hardware.
In the blog post Microsoft pointed out that Windows 7 is too old to adapt the latest hardware. If it was forced to do so, there will inevitably a lot of conflicts that will pull down user experience. However, it does not mention a word of Windows 8. Windows 8 has been released for only 3 years, and is enjoying similar core with Windows 10. Is Windows 8 still too old?
What exactly does Microsoft want to do?
Microsoft is Firmly Pushing Windows 10
It is well-known that Microsoft will keep offering free upgrading service to the individual users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 till 29th, Jul. 2016. However, enterprise users have to pay for Windows 10. Since Microsoft has a great hope for Windows 10, and is expecting a 1 billion installations of Windows 10 by 2019, undoubtedly it will continuously promote Windows 10 in the limited time.
So what Microsoft wants is to minimize the obstruction of upgrading to Windows 10. As more and more enterprises are upgrading to Windows 10, this goal is just a matter of time.
Who Will Be Affected
The enterprise market will be impacted first. Microsoft wrote in the blog post: “In clarifying this policy, we are prioritizing transparency with enterprises on where to find the highest reliability and best supported Windows experience: Windows 10 on any silicon, Windows 7 on the down-level silicon it was designed for, or a device on the support list.”
At the end of the blog post, Microsoft concludes in a rather hypocritical way: “Always, what guides us is a customer-first approach. In this case, providing clear guidance to our customers on what they can expect and strong alignment with our OEM partners on our joint commitment to all of our Windows customers.”
Again no mention of Windows 8. Since Microsoft didn't explain why abandon Windows 8 in the statement, how could it be customer-first when Microsoft suddenly abandon masses of old Windows 8 users?
Having said all of the above, we know Microsoft is cutting the service of traditional Windows 7 and Windows 8, and is devoting itself to pushing Windows 10. These actions also release a clear signal, that is, in the future Windows 10 will become the pronoun of Windows OS.
Have you upgraded your OS to Windows 10? If NOT, will you carry out the upgrade? Maybe those with the technical willpower will move to Linux. But for average users, this is really a question worthy of deep thinking. Before making the final decision, these users can refer to this post: Should We Upgrade To Windows 10 Or Not – Please Think Twice. Beside, for personal privacy security, configure Windows 10 from the following three aspects, after all, Windows 10 means the future of Windows.