The Future of Windows 8 in Canada

The Future of Windows 8 in Canada

What does the future hold for the Windows 8 operating system in Canada? According to the late 2016 report published by tech research firm Net Applications, the current market share of devices powered by Windows 8 is quite small around the world; less than two percent of desktops and laptops are currently powered by this operating system.

The upgraded version of Windows 8, version 8.1, currently enjoys more than eight percent of the global OS market share thanks to the tablet initiative launched by Microsoft a few years ago. Windows 7 is the most popular OS in Canada and around the world thanks to a 47 percent market share; however, this is bound to change as Windows 10 becomes more predominant.

New Upgrades and Features

Going into 2017, Windows 8 is starting to feel a bit dated for those who did not upgrade to the 8.1 version. Microsoft has been enticing users to skip 8.1 and upgrade to the new Windows 10, an OS that is expected to receive many new features from now until 2020.

According to an August 2016 article published by IT World Canada, the free upgrade to Windows 10 was a resounding success that boosted market share to more than 23 percent by the end of the year. Microsoft is still providing support to systems that run Windows 7 and higher versions, but it is minimal; the tech giant is mostly interested in continuing to develop Windows 10 and adding more features.

Microsoft’s Grand Hardware Plan

With regard to what Microsoft may choose to do with Windows 8, some analysts believe that the OS will not go through what Windows XP and Windows 7 are going through. All the OS versions released between Windows 7 and Windows 10 were highly experimental.

Windows 10 belongs to a family of Microsoft operating systems that were truly groundbreaking; this family includes Windows 95, XP, and Windows 7. The OS versions between 7 and 10 failed to achieve traction. These days, Linux and Mac OS X 10.12 are actually more popular than than Windows 8; in fact, even Windows XP can be found in more computers these days.

Microsoft is a fairly new company in the arena of hardware design and manufacturing, but the company certainly seems to know what it is doing with its Surface line of portable computing devices. Surface hybrids, tablets and notebooks are not only powerful and attractive but also built around Windows 10.

With sales of Surface devices increasing across Canada, Microsoft hopes to gain an even greater market share for Windows 10. The idea is to phase out all devices powered by previous OS versions, and the company may just do so with its Surface line.

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More Canadian Public and Private Organizations Are Choosing Windows 10

More Canadian Public and Private Organizations Are Choosing Windows 10

By the end of this decade, most government agencies and major enterprises in Canada will have completed the process of migrating to the Windows 10 operating system. In late 2016, IT World Canada reported that the advanced features of Windows 10 were chosen by two cities in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia; moreover, a major American corporation with a significant presence in Canada also chose to upgrade its operating system to the latest version of Microsoft Windows.

Brampton, Ontario

This major suburb of the Greater Toronto Area, which is home to more than half a million residents, relies on a virtual desktop system to deliver information about the various municipal services available to workers, students and families. Of special importance to city officials in Brampton was the ability to allow municipal workers to access their virtual workplaces from the field; this happens to be one of the most versatile features of the Windows 10 operating system.

Victoria, British Columbia

Similar to Brampton, Victoria is a rising city in the British Columbia province. Its modern municipal workforce requires a modern solution that allows city employees to connect to municipal servers wherever they may happen to be working. Furthermore, the city of Victoria wants to protect its municipal network against data breaches and other cyber threats. Choosing Windows 10 was a smart decision by Victoria’s leaders since their IT department can now deploy Windows-as-a-Service solutions while activating strong security measures such as fingerprint scanning and the Windows Hello login system.

Kimberly-Clark North America

This American company, which has substantial operations in Canada, recently chose to migrate from Windows 7 and Windows 8 to a more robust operating system. Similar to the situations faced by the municipalities of Brampton and Victoria, Kimberly-Clark requires a Windows-as-a-Service solution for the purpose of cutting down on the time spent migrating their software environment. By choosing Windows 10, the multinational company was able to upgrade 1,000 devices in just two weeks.

The first batch of computing clients upgraded are used in the company’s factories, which are always looking for ways to streamline their manufacturing processes and overall operations. By the end of 2017, Kimberly Clark plans to complete the upgrade and migration process of more than 30,000 corporate devices around the world. The advantage of the versatile OS chosen by this company is that it can be installed across various platforms such as workstations, laptops and tablets.

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