Windows 10 is poised to become the most widely installed version of Windows ever, following on the path of Windows XP and Windows 7 before it, according to Gartner. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments 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 (OS) before the end of 2015,” said Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner. “For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago.”
Several factors are driving migration, specifically 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.
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.
Gartner made three additional endpoint technology predictions:
- By 2019, Organizations Will Deliver Twice as Many Applications Remotely Compared With 2015.
- By 2018, Touchscreens Will Be Shipped on One-Third of All Notebooks.
- By 2018, 30 Percent of Enterprises Will Spend More on Display Screens Than on PCs.
“All of these trends portend a new employee workspace that is more mobile, more capable of working more naturally with humans, and, overall, more productive and secure. Endpoint support staff must rethink the workspace and work with suppliers to re-architect and re-cost standards,” said Ken Dulaney, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
Dulaney noted that from an IT perspective, Windows 10 and the move of applications to the back end will dramatically change how those applications are delivered to employees. Updates will be more frequent, more incremental and less obvious to the end user.
“Software vendors and internal IT have much to do to adapt to this new model and to move away from the image management model for PCs of today,” he said.
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