“Concerning” number of businesses still reliant on Windows 7, XP

I regularly come across Vista-era operating systems, especially on servers that support line of business applications. Time to bit the bullet and update all of this. Your customers (and insurance premiums) will thank you for it…:

[…] Looking at the specific versions of outdated OS used, the instal base for Windows 7 and Windows 10 is the same across SMBs and large businesses, at 47% usage.

The good news is that just 2% of consumers and 1% of small businesses rely on Windows XP, and only a fraction of consumers (0.3%) and small businesses (0.2%) still prefer Windows Vista, for which mainstream support ended seven years ago.

A further 5% are still using Windows 8.1, however, some businesses failed to take advantage of the free upgrade cycle and continue to use Windows 8, which hasn’t had mainstream support from Microsoft since January 2016.

Following a risk assessment of OS use within across its instal base, Kaspersky found that four out of 10 consumers still use obsolete systems, including Windows XP and Vista, security patches for which ended in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

Research by Net Applications also recently revealed that 36% of desktop computers are still using Windows 7, despite mainstream support ending in 2015, with extended support, which includes security patches, ending in January 2020.

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