As we know, Microsoft will stop its support of Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. This means the platform will not even receive security updates after that date, leaving machines vulnerable. While users can keep using Windows 7, Microsoft wants them to upgrade to Windows 10.
Over the coming months until end of support, an influx of users will move to Windows 10. The wave of migrators will help Microsoft push closer to its goal of putting Windows 10 on one billion devices.
Just how many users will move to Windows 10 remains to be seen, but it is clear millions are still running Windows 7. Software company Kollective has published results of a survey that shows Windows 7 use across 200 US and UK-based IT employees.
The data points to nearly 1 in 5 organizations still using Windows 7. Many enterprises are starting to make the move to Windows 10, but Kollective says the migration will certainly not be completed by the Win7 shut off next year.
“When it came to migrating away from Windows XP it took some large enterprises as long as three years to transfer their entire systems to the new operating system, now, many firms will have to make the transition in less than 12 months. Those that fail to do so will have to pay for extended support, with the largest organizations paying more than a million dollars a year in order to remain on Windows 7,” said Dan Vetras, CEO of Kollective.
Earlier this year, Microsoft started pushing out notifications to Win7 users, urging them to upgrade to Win10.
“These notifications are designed to help provide information only and if you would prefer not to receive them again, you'll be able to select an option for ‘do not notify me again,' and we will not send you any further reminders,” the company said.