Windows 10 Enterprise Adoption Set To Be Faster Ever

Just how successful is Microsoft Windows 10? If speed of enterprise adoption is any measure, perhaps one of the most successful ever. Windows 10 is set to rank as the most widely installed enterprise Windows version in Microsoft operating system history, according to market research firm Gartner Inc.

That would put it on a projectory similar to the popular Windows XP and Windows 7 versions of the company?EU?s flagship software. Specifically, Gartner is predicting half of enterprises will have at least started deploying Windows 10 by January 2017.

"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 before the end of 2015," said Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. "For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago."

Three Key Predictions

Next question: Why is Windows 10 so popular? Gartner pointed out several factors, including a stark awareness of the fact that Microsoft is ending Windows 7 support in January 2020, as well as compatibility with Windows 7 apps and devices and a pent-up demand for 2-in-1 devices and tablets in the enterprise.

The net effect: Many enterprises are planning to launch Windows 10 pilot programs in the first half of 2016. With at least half of enterprises starting some production deployments in 2017, Windows 10 could become the new standard by 2019.

Gartner also made three more predictions on the endpoint technology front. For starters, the firm said by 2019, organizations will deliver twice as many remote applications as in 2015.

"Organizations will centralize a number of applications over the next three years to enable platform- independent computing," said Nathan Hill, research director at Gartner,...

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