Needless to say, Microsoft did offer all Windows 7 owners many ways to do it for free, but now, at the end of the life cycle of Windows 7, the upgrade comes at a cost. Businesses and Enterprise customers are the ones most affected but at the same time, this is initiating a grown in PC sales, first time after a few years.
Microsoft is also advising customers to buy a Windows 10 PC. It is hard to imagine that it has been ten years since Windows 7 got introduced. Loved by many, it stuck around for a decade. Many users skipped Windows 8 and 8.1 as they didn’t like it, but Windows 10 felt right to us.
It got the best out of Windows 10 and prepared it for the late 10s and early 2020s.
PC sales spike
Windows 10 is getting frequent semi-annual updates, slightly improving functionality and adding new features. From our point of view, most industry moved on Windows 10 and we feel comfortable with that. Even if you don’t like Windows 10 and you need a new PC, for years, it didn't leave you a lot of choice. You can jump on the Apple bandwagon and get a Linux powered machine, but in the notebook space, that leaves you a minimal choice.
The retirement of 10-year old Windows 7 gets you to a positive side of things. Yes, upgrading any PCs, especially in an enterprise environment, means adding cost to the business. At the same time, it means that employees get better and more efficient machines powered by more memory, faster storage and fundamentally better CPUs. The necessary upgrade to Windows 10 initiates a considerable upgrade cycle. Naturally, that is good for everyone in the ecosystem as it means higher sales and better financial results.
Don’t be fooled, some businesses and even governments are still happy with Windows XP and many will be satisfied with Windows 7 until some mean and nasty virus lets someone hijack their data.