Microsoft is struggling to get users to update Windows 10 to the latest version.
A recent report suggests that the latest Windows 10 version 20H2 only has a market share of 29.95, while a much older version, Windows 10 Version 2004, still has the edge at 42.1%.
Why isn't updating to the latest version of Windows 10? Let's take a look at why people are scared of updating Windows 10.
The users do not see the benefits of an upgrade
The March 2021 AdDuplex report confirms that many users simply don't see the reason for upgrading.
It's normal for people not to rush to replace it when something is working well. Take the example of smartphones. As smartphones keep getting better, manufacturers are making an effort to show consumers why they should swap their old phones for new ones. Consumers just don't see a reason to buy a new phone every year.
The same goes for Windows 10. Apart from security improvements and bug fixes, older versions of Windows 10 work fine. As a result, users see no benefit in updating their operating system to the latest version.
And the situation will stay that way unless Microsoft finds a way to demonstrate the benefits of upgrading.
Once users see what they're missing when they don't update, they'll be happy to update to the latest version.
Windows 10 updates are always a risk. From random crashes to Blue Screen of Death errors, every time you update Windows 10, you open your computer to a whole host of problems. So it's no wonder users don't want anything to do with Windows 10 updates.
Therefore, if Microsoft wants users to switch to the newer versions of Windows, the versions must be stable and free of machine-breaking errors. Once people know that the update won't hinder their workflow, they'll jump to the latest and greatest.
Too many updates make it difficult to navigate the update tree
Ask any Windows user and they will tell you that Windows is constantly updated. Minor bug fixes, driver updates, security updates, and critical operating system updates all contribute to this problem. Simply put, users don't want to keep updating their operating system.
Never updating is bad news for both users and Microsoft.
For Microsoft, the more users use older versions, the longer they have to support these versions. Supporting old software versions consumes a significant amount of resources. The division of resources hinders the development of new, better versions and the provision of critical updates for current versions.
If users don't update, sooner or later a security breach will occur. Researchers are constantly finding new vulnerabilities in Windows. Identity thieves and hackers take advantage of these vulnerabilities to steal your information.
In order to contain these exploits, Microsoft releases important security updates every month. And people who don't update miss this one.
In short, to ensure that the operating system stays safe, users need to be updated regularly. To do this, the company must optimize the updates so that users can more easily update their operating system.
Microsoft is making no effort to inform users about Windows 10
Since its launch in 2015, Microsoft has done little to educate users about Windows 10. Most users don't even know the version of Windows 10 they are using. Unsurprisingly, users don't realize the importance of updating their operating system.
Hence, Microsoft must make an effort to educate its user base about Windows 10. Users need to know that there is no such thing as Windows 11. You need to keep updating Windows 10 to take advantage of the latest features.
Once users realize that an update is needed to get new features, they will be updated to the latest version.
Users update their version of Windows 10 if Microsoft so wishes
In the end, it all depends on Microsoft. If Microsoft gets the right messaging and its user base manages to demonstrate the benefits of upgrading, users will be moving to the newer version of Windows 10.
If you are still using an older version, you will need to update your operating system. Updates are important to security and come with cool new features. So keep an eye out for them.
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By Fawad Murtaza
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