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Windows 10 adoption rate among businesses will grow 50% by next year, a report reveals

Windows 10 adoption rate among businesses will grow 50% by next year, a report reveals

by AshwinNovember 23, 2015

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, could see a massive boost next year, a report reveals.

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Well, to be fair, the the almost 4-month old platform has been quite successful already.

Windows 10 is now close to having more users than those Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 combinedly have.  But that number is actually made of just 110 Million users (some says 120), and I use the word “just” to signify the giant that is overshadowing the operating system. You guessed it right, Windows 7, the classic OS, still boasts a mammoth 50% of usage shares amongst desktop users.

This number could however take a hit, as Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for all eligible Windows 7/8/8.1 users, until next Summer. Now that is not the only way Windows 10 is going to gain some foothold. The Redmond Company’s customer base isn’t limited to home users, a large portion of its users are businesses.

Sadly for Microsoft, not many businesses have adopted to Windows 10 yet, and are probably holding out for now, awaiting some significant performance and stability fixes for the new operating system. This is the reason why Windows 7 continues to dominates the OS usage.

Techradar writes that, according to a report by research firm Gartner, things could take a turn, for the good of Windows 10 next year. The data suggests that 50% of businesses will upgrade to Windows 10 by 2017. And shockingly, if this does happen, it will be faster than the adoption rate of Windows 7.

Tall as that claim sounds, Gartner did provide some strong arguments as to how this could be possible. The first of this, is that Windows 7 would be running out of time by 2017, as it reaches the end of support in 2020. Secondly, Windows 10’s compatibility with Windows 7 apps as well as devices, is an added plus, as this eliminates the need to upgrade the system’s hardware. The third reason, hints that businesses could be looking to upgrade their machines from dekstops and laptops, to more convenient devices, like 2-in-1 devices (hybrid laptop/tablet).

We think there is a fourth reason, one which is exclusive to Enterprise users of Windows 10. This edition of the operating system is serviced by the current branch for business, which allows admins the power to only install security related updates, and skip feature updates for the OS, and for up to 1 year.

If businesses do begin adopting Windows 10 as fast as Gartner hints, it could be the shot in the arm, that Microsoft is hoping for. It is no secret that the Redmond company is targeting 1 Billion installs of Windows 10 by the year 2017.