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MICROSOFT looks to be ramping up efforts to encourage PC fans, who haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, to finally make the jump.

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Microsoft are ramping up efforts to encourage PC users to upgrade to Windows 10

is Microsoft’s most recent flagship OS, but it has faced an uphill battle to overtake older versions.

At the start of this year the Redmond-based tech giant were dealt a big blow as stats showed Windows 7 was more popular than Windows 10 in 2017.

This is despite Windows 7 being released back in July 2009 and it fast approaching the date support will finally end for the ageing OS.

In fact, last year Windows 7 was the world’s most popular operating system, ending 2017 with a hefty 43.08 per cent chunk of the OS market.

According to NetMarketShare stats, the newer Windows 10 lagged behind its older sibling with a 32.93 per market share.

But it looks like Microsoft are ramping up their efforts to draw more PC fans to Windows 10 and make it the number one operating system in the world.

The Redmond based tech giant have announced that the upcoming Microsoft Office 2019 software suite will ONLY work on Windows 10.

Microsoft Office is, for many people, the only place to turn to when they’re looking for a good word processor, spreadseet programme or e-mail manager.

Making Office 2019 only available on Windows 10 means upgrading to Microsoft’s latest OS will be essential for many PC fans running an older version of the operating system.

Microsoft also revealed that support for the upcoming version of Office will be shorter than usual.

In an official post, they said: “In the past, perpetual versions of Office were released under the Microsoft Fixed Lifecycle Policy, with a term of five years of standard support and five years of extended support.”

Office 2019 will receive the usual period of standard support, but only two years of extended support.

This means the end of life for Office 2019 is October 10 2025 – which is the same day Microsoft will end support for Office 2019.

Explaining the decision, Microsoft said: “As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence.”

The announcement will surely encourage more PC owners to make the jump to Windows 10, and Microsoft received a big boost this week in their quest to make their latest OS their most popular one.

According to Statcounter, in January 2018 Windows 10 finally overtook Windows 7 as the most popular OS in the world.

Their stats showed last month Windows 10 had a 42.78 per cent of the OS market share, compared to Windows 7’s 41.86 per cent.

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Windows 10 is the newer Microsoft OS, but last year lagged behind Windows 7

While this will be a boost to the Redmond-based tech giant, rival stats from NetMarketShare shows Windows 10 as still lagging behind.

Their stats show Windows 7 holding a 42.39 per cent market share in January 2018, with Windows 10 on a 34.29 per cent market share.

Either way, Windows 10 has been narrowing the gap with Windows 7 and 2018 looks to be the year it will finally overtake it.

One of the main reasons for upgrading to Windows 10 was in recent months highlighted by researchers on Google’s Project Zero team.

They found that Microsoft have been patching out security bugs in Windows 10 but NOT immediately rolling those out to Windows 7 and 8 users.

This lag in updates leaves potentially hundreds of millions computers at risk of an attack.

The exploits that hackers and malware are taking advantage of is being fixed in the big Windows 10 releases.

However, this is only slowly filtering back to Windows 7 and 8 in the form of monthly software updates.

It’s feared cybercriminals comparing the various builds of Windows will notice these holes in earlier versions of Windows and take advantage of it.

Google researchers outlined their fears in a blog post.

Google Project Zero researcher Mateusz Jurczyk said: “Microsoft is known for introducing a number of structural security improvements and sometimes even ordinary bug fixes only to the most recent Windows platform.

“This creates a false sense of security for users of the older systems, and leaves them vulnerable to software flaws which can be detected merely by spotting subtle changes in the corresponding code in different versions of Windows.”