A new survey shows more than 8 in 10 businesses will be moving to Windows 10 by the end of this year. Security and cloud improvements seem to be the top driving factors behind this switch to the operating system (OS).
Alison DeNisco writes, “Windows 10 is getting a much-needed boost in the enterprise: 85% of businesses will have started Windows 10 deployments by the end of 2017, according to a new survey from Gartner, released Tuesday. This migration is expected to be faster than previous OS adoption, Gartner noted.
“Gartner surveyed more than 1,000 professionals involved in decisions for Windows 10 migration across the U.S., the U.K., France, China, India, and Brazil.
“‘Organizations recognize the need to move to Windows 10,’ said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, in a press release. ‘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 time spent evaluating and deploying Windows 10 dropped from 23 months in 2015 to 21 months in 2016, according to Gartner research.
“Why upgrade now? Some 49% of enterprises said that security improvements were the primary driver for migrating to Windows 10. When the OS initially launched in 2015, major concerns were raised over its use of user data and potential privacy concerns.”