As per the recent market reports, Windows 8 has finally managed to attract a considerable amount of users in the past few months. This trend is certainly going to increase in the coming months because of the end of support for Windows 7 in 2015, the news the software giant has already announced.
When the support for Windows XP was terminated in April, 2014, many users had switched their base to Windows 7 operating system by rejecting the modern touch-centric versions. Such was the increase in the user share of Windows 7 that almost 50 percent of the Windows computers were running on this version. Hence, the strategy of terminating the support for Windows XP in order to bolster the sales of Windows 8 and 8.1 was not successful in the initial months.
However, as per sources close to Microsoft, a large number of users have finally started to relent in and upgrade their Windows XP systems to Windows 8 and 8.1. The announcement of the end of mainstream support for Windows 7 is definitely one of the main reasons for the sudden increase in the number of Windows 8 users.
When Windows 8 was launched for the first time in the market, several users had excitedly opted for the download, considering the amazing features the OS version had. However, a large number of users began dumping the OS and switched back to the XP and 7 because of the lack of basic features in Windows 8. It was mainly because of the unavailability of the Start Menu option that many users started calling the Windows live support to know how to uninstall the OS.
Microsoft had also launched a tweaked in version of the operating system soon by naming it as Windows 8.1. Still, the company could not make its users move on from the aged operating systems like Windows 7 and XP.
The Windows live support technicians had also been warning the customers to upgrade their XP systems after ending the mainstream support for the OS this year. The customers were warned about the potential security issues that their XP computers would be subjected to from hackers across the globe. This is certainly one of the main reasons that led to the sudden increase in the number of Windows 8 users.
Microsoft is all set to introduce Windows 10 by next year. Evidently, the software giant would want all its users to move to the touch-centric versions before the next OS officially hits the market.