U.S. and Canadian Businesses Like Windows 7
Software giant Microsoft would like nothing more than seeing its vaunted Windows 10 operating system dominate the enterprise world. Microsoft is clearly a brand that is widely respected by Canadian businesses, but Windows 10 is not the most popular product; that would actually be Windows 7.
According to a recent North American business technology survey conducted by Softchoice, a major provider of managed services, less than one percent of Canadian and American companies have upgraded their computer systems to Windows 10.
Thankfully, the Softchoice survey did not reveal too many stalwarts still running Windows XP; the few that seem to be stuck on this tech relic are point-of-sale systems and industrial embedded computers that are likely to have been granted a service extension by Microsoft.
Only four percent of the surveyed companies had upgraded to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 The clear and dominant winner of enterprise computing in North America is Windows 7, which has a 90 percent market share in terms of operating systems for business entities.
A Strong, Lasting Appeal
Some analysts believe that Windows 7 could be a strong enterprise operating system just like its predecessor Windows XP. There are many reasons why business owners have chosen to upgrade to this old system instead of flocking to more recent versions, but this may not be a lasting trend.
The most salient reason why Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have not taken over the North American enterprise world is because they are largely seen as touchscreen systems. Companies that acquire computer equipment that features touchscreens are more likely to choose the Android operating system over Windows 10; however, this trend will likely change.
A large portion of the aforementioned retail POS systems installed in bars and restaurants across the U.S. and Canada are still running on Windows XP, but this will soon change. Most of these systems will not upgrade because this is an operating system that is not conducive to the touchscreen experience. Instead, bar and restaurant owners will be more receptive to Windows 10.
As expected, familiarity with a classic interface is a major factor in the decision to skip Windows 8 or Windows 10.
The Future of Business Operating Systems
Microsoft is expected to continue ruling the enterprise world with Windows, but it may see come strong competition from Google, which develops the budget operating systems known as Android and Chrome OS.
Although Google could become a major player in terms of business operating systems, Windows will forever be linked to Microsoft Office and the new Office 365 productivity system, thereby keeping the Seattle giant on top of the enterprise world. Google Apps for Business is a lackluster solution when compared to Office 365.