Windows 10 Enterprise Adoption to Outpace Windows 7: Gartner
Move over Windows 7. Microsoft's latest operating system is poised to set new enterprise migration records, according to Gartner.Offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to millions of Windows 7 and 8.1 users was a shrewd move, suggests new research from the IT analysts at Gartner. "In the consumer market, a free upgrade coupled with broad legacy device support and automatic over-the-air upgrades ensures that there will be tens of millions of users familiar with the operating system (OS) before the end of 2015," Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, said in a Nov. 23 statement. "For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago." By January 2017, Gartner expects that 50 percent of enterprises will have begun deploying Windows 10 in anticipation of finishing their migrations in 2019. Many businesses will start pilot programs during the first half of 2016 with the aim of broader rollouts during the tail end of the year, observed Gartner. Indicating some early interest from corporate IT departments, Jim Alkove, corporate vice president of Microsoft Enterprise and Security, revealed in late August that 1.5 million enterprise devices were already running Windows 10. Last month, during an investor conference call to discuss Microsoft's fiscal 2016 first-quarter earnings, CEO Satya Nadella said there were 8 million business PCs among the 110 million devices running Windows 10.
Gartner cites pent-up demand for tablets and two-in-ones as a reason for such brisk adoption rates in corporate circles. IT managers are also aware the Microsoft plans to pull support for the popular Windows 7 operating system in a few short years (January 2020). It also helps that Windows 10 features "strong compatibility with Windows 7 applications and devices," said Gartner.