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  • Keizer: Windows 7 usage isn’t going anywhere

    Posted on April 3rd, 2020 at 11:34 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer, in Computerworld:

    The coronavirus pandemic and its countless disruptions, from business closures to workers fleeing to home offices, appear to have stopped any big migrations from Windows 7 to Windows 10…

    As Windows 10 [usage share] moved nary a whit, Windows 7 actually grew its share during March… may have simply signaled that many dusted off their older, largely unused personal PCs when they were told by employers to head home and work – or try to work – from there…

    Rather than [Win10 usage share] reaching 75% by September and nearly 80% by the end of 2020 – numbers from last month’s prediction – Windows 10 now looks like it won’t make those marks until January 2021 and May 2021, respectively.

    And the key shot:

    Microsoft might be pressed by customers, including its very important commercial, enterprise-sized customers, to restore security updates to Windows 7 for, perhaps, the duration of the pandemic.

    I think Microsoft has everything to gain, and absolutely nothing to lose, by making the Win7 Extended Security Updates available to everyone.