Microsoft stopped extending support for Windows 7 on January 14, forcing many or companies to switch to Windows 10, sending Windows 10’s revenue from the OEM market up 18 percent last quarter. On the back of this trend, revenue in The Q1 Division will continue to rise this year, with only more people upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Unfortunately, the situation is different now, because of the impact of the outbreak, the global PC industry is also affected by the delay or decline in shipments.
Among the top three PC brands, HP and Lenovo have recently reported financial results, warning that PC products will face a negative impact in Q1 and supply will be limited.
Dell will not release its quarterly results tomorrow, and the exact numbers are not good, but Q1 will not be optimistic.
Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood said on a earnings call that it had predicted the impact of tight chip supply and spreading the outbreak, but analysts said things had changed for a month, and even Apple changed its forecast in the middle of the month.
Only 15 percent of Microsoft’s revenue comes from Windows, and 40 percent of that comes from commercial device licensing, or 6 percent of total revenue tied to PC shipments.
Global PC shipments fell by more than 10 percent in the first half of 2020, with shipments down 3.4 percent to 382 million units for the first half of 2020, according to Research firm Canalys.