Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company, says Windows 10 is poised to become the most widely-installed version of Windows ever.
Windows 10 will follow on the path of Windows XP and Windows 7 before it, Gartner predicts citing that 50 percent of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017.
According to the technology research firm, “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 (OS) before the end of 2015.”
Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner says “for enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago.”
Awareness of the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020, strong compatibility with Windows 7 applications and devices, and a pent-up demand for tablet and 2-in-1 device rollouts are the factors driving the said migration, according to Gartner.
The net result is that many enterprises are planning to begin pilots for Windows 10 in the first half of 2016, and to broaden their deployments in the latter part of the year.
Gartner expects that at least half of enterprises will have started some production deployments by the beginning of 2017, with an eye to completing their migrations in 2019.