How did COVID 19 affect Windows? Windows 10 market share remained unchanged in March, although users had a very good excuse to stop upgrading to its new operating system Microsoft: the COVID pandemic 19.
According to Net Applications, Windows 10 represented 57,3% of the global OS market share last month, while they held 64,3% in total with the various versions of Windows.
Although the percentages are close to the previous month, February showed that many users were upgrading their systems. The percentage reached 65,1% in February.
The destabilization of the share of Windows 10, after the increase in February, changes the forecasts for the operating system. All signs indicate that a slower adoption of the operating system is probably starting.
According to February forecasts, its operating system Microsoft had to reach 75% by September and almost 80% by the end of 2020.
It is of course impossible to know for sure that all this is due to the pandemic, but below we will see at least one parameter that was not calculated in the upgrade by Windows 7 in Windows 10.
Here we should mention that Windows 7 increased their market share during March.
Net Applications reports that Windows 7 was in February at 26,2% of all operating systems. The operating system of 2009 rose to 29,4% in March and the increase was one of the largest observed since September 2019.
The numbers do not mean that about 12 million computers were suddenly returned to Windows 7, from Windows 10. Net Applications activity data may just show us that many users dusted off their old, unused PCs when their employers told them to go home and try to work that way.
If this assumption has any basis, Net Applications should continue to show some stability in Windows 7, throughout the COVID crisis 19.
OR Microsoft already has these updates in the program Extended Security Updates (ESU), for a fee to companies. These updates fix security vulnerabilities that are classified as "critical" or "significant."
The Redmond company could release the latest patches on any computer it runs on Windows 7, as long as the work-at-home lasts, and compensate paying customers by extending their updates a few months.