Windows 10 Finally Overtakes Windows 7: Why Did It Take So Long?

Windows 10 edges past Windows 7 worldwide for the first time.                Image StatCounter

Although not as quick as predicted last year, Windows 10's worldwide market share has surpassed that of the 8-year-old Windows 7 for the first time, according to StatCounter's data released for January 2017 and January 2018.

Previous year at Ignite, we announced Office 2019 - the next perpetual version of Office that includes apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Skype for Business) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business). Which is the same day on which Microsoft will end extended support for Office 2016.

Office 2019 will run only on actively supported versions of Windows 10 with Semi-Annual Channel licenses and Windows 10 Enterprise with the Long-Term Servicing Channel 2018 license (formerly called Long-Term Servicing Branch), which comes out in October.

So those running Windows 7 or 8 are out of luck if they wanted to plump for the standalone Office apps, as opposed to Microsoft's cloud-based subscription option, Office 365. As Redmond's explained, "In the past, perpetual versions of Office were released under the Microsoft Fixed Lifecycle Policy, with a term of 5 years of standard support and 5 years of extended support". In other words, the most popular OS is now Windows 10. Windows 10 has been on a good rise during the past year, and Windows 7 has slowly been declining.

Windows 10 is the latest OS from Microsoft which the company pushed a lot for, even upgraded many users without their consent.

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The desktop Office suite will be supported for quite a while to come for the simple reason that despite the fact that Microsoft, Google et al, would like you to think that cloud alternatives are better, there'll always be a market for the apps.

Support for Office 2019 will also be shorter than usual.

Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world.

New Remote Desktop and desktop virtualization capabilities will also be made available within Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server later this year, aimed at meeting the needs of organizations who use these services to stream Office to users. It doesn't handle high-resolution displays (or multiple-monitors) very well, there's no built-in support for things like fingerprint readers or Windows Hello facial recognition, and trying to use a touchscreen on something running Windows 7 could be considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

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