Three in five global organisations have adopted Windows 10, says Spiceworks

Gartner said back in April that 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by the end of 2017 – and now according to new data from Spiceworks, 60% of global organisations have adopted the operating system today.

Windows 10, which was officially launched two years ago – give or take five days – was seen by many analysts as the long-term successor to Windows Vista, whose end of extended support ran out on April 11 this year.

According to Spiceworks, through anonymised, aggregated deployment data of hundreds of thousands of IT professionals, 75% of software companies polled have adopted Windows 10, while more than two thirds (67%) of companies with between 100 and 500 employees are on board. The lowest percentage, perhaps not surprisingly, is at the most extreme ends of the scale; companies with less than 50 employees, and enterprises with more than 1,000 employees, both polled at 57%.

These figures are slightly below the predictions made by the company two years ago, which found that 73% of IT professionals had planned to implement the operating system in their organisation within 24 months.

Yet according to Spiceworks senior technology analyst Peter Tsai, increased cyber security threats have shown that if organisations previously didn’t get the message, they are on board now. “In recent months, widespread ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petrwrap have put businesses under pressure to upgrade unsupported operating systems, such as Windows XP and Vista, and move to more secure systems like Windows 10,” said Tsai.

“While Windows XP is still running in some businesses, it’s evident that more companies are beginning to recognise the security risks and prioritise upgrades in order to better secure their networks,” he added.

In April, Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal put the state of play like this: “Large businesses are either already engaged in Windows 10 upgrades or have delayed upgrading until 2018. This likely reflects the transition of legacy applications to Windows 10 or replacing those legacy applications before Windows 10 migration takes place.”

The full Spiceworks study can be found here.

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