85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by end of 2017, says Gartner

Analyst house Gartner projected Windows 10 for record enterprise adoption as far back as 2015 – and now a new note from the company says 85% of enterprises will have started deployments by the end of 2017.

The figure comes from a survey conducted in the last quarter of 2016 in Brazil, China, France, India, the UK, and US. Almost half (49%) of respondents said security improvements were the primary reason for migrating, with cloud integration capabilities (38%) the second most popular driver.

“Organisations recognise the need to move to Windows 10, and the total time to both evaluate and deploy Windows 10 has shortened from 23 months to 21 months between surveys that Gartner did during 2015 and 2016,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

“Large businesses are either already engaged in Windows 10 upgrades or have delayed upgrading until 2018,” Atwal added. “This likely reflects the transition of legacy applications to Windows 10 or replacing those legacy applications before Windows 10 migration takes place.”

Comparatively speaking, organisations still have plenty of time to get their migration sorted. Assuming companies are still not running Windows Vista – if so, the end of extended support ran out two weeks ago – the end of life for Windows 7 is slated for January 14 2020 on extended support.

Back in January last year, Microsoft claimed there was ‘unprecedented’ demand among enterprise and education customers for Windows 10, with senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi saying the company was “seeing significantly higher customer satisfaction with Windows 10 than any prior version of Windows.” It certainly makes a change from Windows 8, with Forrester infamously saying in 2013 that enterprises would simply skip it, much as they did with Vista from XP.

A study from VMware in August affirmed that Windows 10 was a top priority for enterprises, but various roadblocks remained, including app compatibility and internal resource constraints. One third argued end users don’t wish to learn a new OS right now. For Gartner, the key issue is getting funds together. “Windows 10 is not perceived as an immediate business-critical project; it is not surprising that one in four respondents expect issues with budgeting,” said Atwal.


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