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

Edward Hudson By: Edward Hudson
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Windows 10 continues to gain traction among enterprise customers as Gartner forecasts that 85% of enterprises will have deployed Windows 10 by the end of this year. The figure is based on a survey Gartner conducted on more than 1,000 professionals involved in the Windows 10 migration of their companies across the US, the UK, France, China, India, and Brazil.

Gartner noted that the switch will be faster than the adoption of Windows 7 and older versions. Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, explains:

Organizations recognize the need to move to Windows 10. 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.

Security in Windows 10 is the major factor that drives some 49% of enterprise users to make the leap. The platform has received several security improvements, especially after Microsoft rolled out the Creators Update earlier this month.

Additionally, the operating system’s cloud integration features such as Microsoft Azure attracted 38% of respondents. The service is one of the largest revenue contributors for the software giant.

On the other hand, budget constraints pose a challenge to efforts to make the switch to Windows 10. Atwal says:

Windows 10 is not perceived as an immediate business-critical project; it is not surprising that one in four respondents expect issues with budgeting.

The transition to Windows 10 also enables enterprises to get access to new options for devices. Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner, adds:

Respondents’ device buying intentions have significantly increased as organizations saw third- and fourth-generation products optimized for Windows 10 with longer battery life, touchscreens and other Windows 10 features. The intention to purchase convertible notebooks increased as organizations shifted from the testing and pilot phases into the buying and deployment phases.

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