About 184 million commercial PCs – in small and medium sized businesses, large companies and government agencies – still run the fast-growing Windows 7, according to Microsoft.
This figure included all markets except China, the company says, with the largest percentage – one in four PCs, or about 46 million – in the United States
(Microsoft's number is just a fraction of the latest estimates of Windows 7s permeability calculated by Computerworld using shaft data, computing affixed Windows 7 global consumer and commercial footprint of around 709 million PCs. The commercial side of the 709 million will be about 390 million at using the long-term accepted 55% -45% commercial / consumer PCs. Even the reduced number will be more than double Microsoft's brand, which is wondering if China had more than 200 million Windows 7 PCs, or Computerworld its figure was out in the left field. Probably, Microsoft's number is the most accurate, as it was based on machine-to-Microsoft telemetry.)
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Windows 7 is slated to wipe out support on January 14, 2020. After that date, no security updates will be provided. In other words, most customers have only 18 months to get rid of Windows 7 and on a newer operating system – Windows 10 is really the only choice – or risk leaving systems unpacked and thus prone to hacking and exploitation.
Many companies have already moved to Windows 10, claimed Microsoft. Among the other statistics that trumped on Inspire, Microsoft said there were 200 million commercial Windows 10 active monthly devices across the world, or slightly more than those still on Windows 7 (except the huge Chinese market).
Of the commercial PCs still on Windows 7, 50% were within businesses, 30% in small and medium sized businesses, and 30% in government. Nearly two thirds of these machines were older than five years, Microsoft said, a potential goldmine for partners combining new hardware, software and services for customers eager to distribute Windows 10.