Almost a quarter of Windows desktops in Europe are still running Windows 7, despite Microsoft switching off support for the operating system on Tuesday, data from Statcounter suggests.
Microsoft ended support for its Windows 7 operating system yesterday, more than 10 years after it was first launched in 2009.
The vendor ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in 2015, but continued to offer extended support until 14 January 2020. Microsoft has now warned that any devices running Windows 7 from now on will be more vulnerable to security risks.
But despite the warnings, almost a quarter (23.1 per cent) of Windows desktops in Europe were still running Windows 7 as of 31 December 2019, according to Statcounter.
Sixty-eight per cent of desktops have already migrated to Windows 10. Some five per cent are using Windows 8.1, while 1.62 per cent are stuck on Windows XP, an even older OS.
Breaking down Statcounter's data by European country reveals that major economies such as France, Spain and Italy are among the worst offenders for clinging onto Windows 7 and delaying refreshes to Windows 10.
As a result, users in these countries are statistically more likely to fall victim to cyberattacks through using unpatched and insecure devices.
More than a fifth (21.82 per cent) of desktops in France, Europe's third largest economy, are still running Windows 7, while only 68.91 per cent are running Windows 10.
Adoption of Windows 7 is at one of its highest in Poland, where more than a quarter (27.94 per cent) of desktops are using the old operating system, with Windows 8.1 still holding a 7.5 per cent market share in the country.
Southern European users are also lagging behind the rest of Europe, the data suggests. Spain, Italy and Greece have among the lowest Windows 10 adoption rates in Europe. Less than half (49.55 per cent) of desktops in Greece are using Windows 10, while five per cent of desktops are still on Windows XP.
Scandinavian countries - Norway, Sweden and Denmark - have some of the highest Windows 10 adoption rates in Europe, with all three countries seeing the operating system exceed an 80 per cent market share.
Despite being Europe's largest economy, Germany is only slightly ahead of Europe's average Windows 10 adoption rate. Almost a fifth (19.77 per cent) of desktops in Germany are still on Windows 7, while 70.54 per cent are using Windows 10.
Europe is lagging behind the US when it comes to Windows 10 adoption. More than three quarters (75.42 per cent) of desktops in the US are on Windows 10, while adoption in Europe sits at just 68 per cent.
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