By: Nick Klein

Released almost nine years ago in October 2009, Windows 7 continues to lead the pack for Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. Although Windows 10, which was released in 2015, is gaining in popularity, a NetMarketShare (https://www.netmarketshare.com) analysis from June 2018 shows global use of Windows 7 still on top with 41.75% of desktops compared to 35.71% for Windows 10.

According Microsoft’s own lifecycle policy, Windows 7 is currently in “Extended Support.” This means it continues to get regular security updates, but the days of new features are long past. Extended Support runs through January 14, 2020 — which is only a year and a half from now (as I write this in July 2018).

Based on statistics we collect after each CAMAvision update, nearly 70% of our client’s workstations are running a version of Windows 7 while 25.3% are using Windows 10. The remaining are Windows 8, a few Windows XP machines (yikes!) and servers.

Now I know we’ve had many support calls in the last six months for workstation and server updates. Since we don’t get the computer info in real-time, I suspect that my statistics are not entirely up to date. Regardless, if you are not one that recently updated your hardware, I would recommend you start planning to upgrade or replace your office computers in 2019 and training users on Windows 10.

If you are not aware, Bob Ehler and the appraisal staff are already hard at work on the next version of the Pricing Manual – the pricing tables at the heart of CAMAvision. I mention this because it’s tentatively scheduled for release in 2020. I don’t know about you, but speaking from experience, I would much rather spread out computer and major software updates instead of trying to do too many things at once.

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