With its first availability in the winters of 2009, Windows 7 set its foot in the market of Operating System for Microsoft and now with nearly a decade later, it finally came to an end on 14th January 2020. As Officially announced by Microsoft, it will not release any security updates for Win 7. We cannot compare the popularity of widows 7 with any other operating system. If we take a look at NetMarket Share data Win 7 holds the second position for the most popular Operating System after Windows 10. Windows 7 holds a 32.75% share of the operating system and Windows 10 at a total of 47.65%.
Even with the small market share – Chrome OS ad MacOS have also evolved but were not much popular in comparison to Win 7. With the successor of Win 7, Windows 8 was launched in 2012 which had a great new design that did away with some family elements of Windows (eg: taskbar and Start menu). Windows 8 was meant to be a new era but with the suitability for tablet devices. But with the launch of Windows 10 in new PCs, multiple users migrated to the new version of windows, but a majority choose to remain with Win 7 as it was still more convenient and friendly.
Since Microsoft’s vulnerable OS has ended its support, undoubtedly there will be a great number of folks feeling sad about this. Win 7 was certainly one of the incarnations of the desktop OS which Microsoft got right but what did lead to its success and user base making it difficult to give up the Operating System for many. If we rewind the potted history of Windows 7 to highlight exactly why the OS was so well-loved. If we discover more about the birth of win 7 in 2009 and after the failure of Windows Vista but the popularity it gained even overcome Windows 8 after its launch. It is easy to determine that windows 7 gained its popularity after the incarnation of Microsoft’s desktop Operating system which was discarded universally.
Certainly, Win 7 was a big step from Vista in terms of interface, it looked more modern in terms of appearance and was more user-friendly and streamlined. Windows Vista was a relative resource hog and Windows 7 ran quicker and less disk churning. Even if we talk about Win 7 performance it was a great all-rounder which turned out to be a great get-go with stability.
Fastest Selling Operating System
After around 6 months of the Operating System release, Windows 7 crossed around 90 million marks in terms of sales figures and Microsoft bragged itself about the fastest-selling operative system in history. The best thing was only after 10 months of its launch Windows 7 it overtook its predecessor Windows Vista; however, most folks were still using Windows XP. Finally, after 2 years in the winters of 2011 Windows 7 Overcome Windows XP in terms of the global market.
Regarding the initial sales of Win 7 was very impressive and it is said that it accomplished its feat quicker than Windows 10 managed to become the main OS after it competed only with win 7 in the market. At any rate, we are evolving with technology and the key point was win 7 was the best in terms of acquiring the market to become the dominant OS in the global market.
Service Switch with Windows 7
After its initial release windows, 7 received service pack which first arrived in February 2011, but it did not add many new features like in the case of Windows Vista. With the expectation of some new features in Service Pack 2 but it never emerged until 2012 and Microsoft did not push and sort of service pack release. With the winters of 2012, we witnessed the launch of an entirely new interface with the name Windows 8, even with the new features Win 8 failed to divert much public attention and the adaptation of the new operating system was five times slower than Windows 7 managed on its launch.
The failure of Win 8 was well documented, Microsoft wanted to force the OS, but the user did not want it and moving too quickly in jamming a touch-friendly interface in there it did not go well. People did not want to leave the existing version of Microsoft’s desktop OS. There was a situation of panic when Microsoft wanted to end all the sales of PC’s running on Win 7 by October 2014, meaning all new hardware would come with Windows 8 but as per the reaction of a firm, the businesses did not want to leave Win 7 in exchange of Windows 8. Due to this reaction Win 7 business was not placed to an end until late 2016.
Final Curtain Blew
We should salute Windows 7 for its excellent service as it moved to its end of life, it emerged as a winner in all sorts of yardsticks – even some operating system tried to sandwich the situation for Windows 7 with Windows Vista and Windows 8. Even now, in 2020 nearly five years after the release of Windows 10, Win 7 remains popular. If we go as per the market figure for December 2019, Win 7 was still on 27% of PC’s across the world.
Microsoft certainly seems to be anticipating some roots dug in as the software giant indicated that some business user can avail themselves an extra year of support with Windows 7, but they must pay for the support. But still, Microsoft does not want to hold Windows 7 and upgrade it to Windows 10. We should admit the fact that with recent years Windows 10 has improved a lot but still, it remains a hard piece to overcome one of the best Operating System Windows 7. As per the changes, it’s not good to remain with Windows 7 without the security patch but we should raise a toast to one of the finest Operating System Microsoft ever produced, and which blazed a memorable and long-lasting trail for sure – but don’t last much longer. Finally, we would like to say Adios to the Windows 7 era of computers.