Microsofts Windows 7 operating system has been an outright success story for the software giant. Windows 7 launched after Windows Vista failed miserably in the marketplace. Businesses and individuals kept using Windows XP for a number of years after Microsoft assumed they would upgrade to some later version of Windows. As a result, the future of Microsofts desktop operating system business was in doubt.
Although Microsoft believed that Windows 7 would make users forget about the Vista debacle, not everyone was so sure it could right the ship. Now, its clear that Windows 7 has been able to do just that. In fact, Microsoft recently announced that 600 million licenses have been sold worldwide since the operating systems launch.
However, some wonder if the fun might soon be over for Windows 7. After all, the operating system is running on a boatload of computers, and with Windows 8 launching in the next few months, itll soon be obsolete next to the latest software. Surely, that means that Windows 7 will retreat into the pantheon of former Windows greats, right?
1. Think about enterprise deployment
The enterprise could very well be the main reason Windows 7 will thrive through 2013. After all, the corporate world typically spends a long time before deploying a new operating system. Generally enterprises follow their own product adoption roadmaps, not Microsofts, based on need and corporate finances. Enterprise deployment will be central to Windows 7s success over the coming years.
2. Theres little time for Windows 8 to change things
The only thing that could really cause Windows 7 to die out quickly is the possibility of Windows 8 dramatically changing the operating system landscape with its new design and features. However, the chances of that seem slim. So, Windows 7 and its older, but reliable design, should hold up quite well over the next 18 months.
3. Tablets will be a big question mark
The key tarket market for Microsoft and its Windows 8 platform is assumed to be tablets. If the software giant can find a way to make its operating system popular on tablets, itll be far more difficult for Windows 7 to keep up. If, however, Windows 8 cant make any headway on tablets, Windows 7 will have far longer than even 2013 to stay on store shelves and succeed.
4. Its what consumers know
Its important for everyone to realize that consumers tend to stick with what they know in the computing space. With that in mind there should be no question that Windows 7 will remain widely popular for at least the next 18 months. Windows 8 is a dramatic departure from the desktop operating systems that have been released so far and that could be a liability for the new OS in the coming months.