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85% of enterprises to implement Windows 10 this year: Gartner

Security and cloud deployments are driving enterprises to Windows 10

85% of enterprises to implement Windows 10 this year: Gartner
Ranjit Atwal: "Organisations recognise the need to move to Windows 10."

Research house Gartner has predicted that the migration to Windows 10 is expected to be much faster than previous operating system adoption.

A survey revealed that 85% of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by the end of 2017. The survey also highlighted that 49% of respondents said that the drive towards Windows 10 migration was due to improving security.

The second reason was for cloud integration capabilities, however budget approval is not straightforward.

Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said: "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.

"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."

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

"Respondents' device buying intentions have significantly increased as organisations saw third- and fourth-generation products optimised for Windows 10 with longer battery life, touchscreens and other Windows 10 features. The intention to purchase convertible notebooks increased as organisations shifted from the testing and pilot phases into the buying and deployment phases," concluded Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner.

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