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Since the end of the support there is a transfer to Windows 10, but more slowly than before

Just over 10 months ago, on January 14, we celebrated the end of support for Windows 7 after eleven splendid years of life and updates from Microsoft. It was not just any farewell, as it will be Windows 8, but one to which we even dedicate our memories, because it marked many years of personal computing.

It was expected that, once Microsoft stopped supporting it, the fall of Windows 7 would be very pronounced in market share compared to Windows 10, which was in an ascending phase, but could still grow more considering the large user base that remained in the system that happened to Vista.

However, if we look at the graphs and those used by two of the main meters (Statcounter and Netmarketshare) of market share for desktop operating systems, we will see that the "demise" of Windows 7 does not occur at the expected rate.

Windows 7 decrements slower than before

Windows 7

According to Netmarketshare, during the nine months prior to the end of Windows 7 support, its market share was down 9.88 percentage points. As we said, it could be expected that after the end of support, the fall would be more acute. But no, since January the drop has been 4 percentage points.

Although with different figures, Statcounter confirms this trend. LThe previous nine months saw Windows 7 drop 8.4 percentage points, while since the end of support, data from this service says it has dropped 6.33 points percentage. As we can see, there is no correlation, but there is an agreement that the goodbye of the system is being slower now than before, so Windows 7 may be left for a while.

Knowing that Windows 7 has a lot of presence in certain environments such as Administration, it is difficult to understand how the pandemic may have affected all this, when it is assumed that many computers may have been left in favor of the personal computers of the workers, with which they have teleworked. That same fact, that of remote work and the situation in general, is what can also explain why equipment will take longer to update or replace.

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Another possible explanation for this slowdown is that all those companies, institutions and users who have already wanted to update, may have done so, while it is likely that from now on we will see more static data, those used by people who despite the security problems involved in using the old system, will continue to use it until it is inevitable, as in fact happened with Windows XP. In that sense, we already know that Windows 7 was the XP of its time.