Microsoft has spent a lot of time this week at the Games Developer Conference making Windows 7 sound like something from a time when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. While, the Windows maker might be pushing to make it sound like antique that shouldn’t be used, or vintage that is only used by those who aren’t willing to upgrade – so far they have had bad luck in getting users to upgrade. This though has mainly been due to the fact that Windows 8 was one of the worst operating systems that the company ever put out.

Microsoft pointed to game and app development that is significantly upgraded on Windows 10 and makes the entire process considerably easier than it ever has been with any other operating system that the company has produced. While it appears that the company could be saying to drive some excitement and make Windows 10 results less like Windows 8 – they still have a long way to go. That being said though, Windows 7 just beat out Windows XP as the most-used operating system.

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Interestingly, this news comes as the 7 turns more than 5 years old. Right now, it is reported that Windows 7 accounts for just under 56% of all desktop operating systems. However, the Redmond-based tech giant has proven that through an incredibly disappointing Windows 8/8.1, and continued delay with Windows 10 – Windows 7 is really the only viable option for those who are looking to get the most out of their ecosystem.

We are talking about schools, offices, and other business environments which are undergoing this type of renaissance with Windows 7. That being said though, Microsoft is not leaving anything to chance – making Windows 10 a free upgrade for the first year – at least – for Windows 8 and Windows 7 users. This is something that will hopefully encourage users and developers to take advantage of the operating system that haven’t bothered with an upgrade to this point.