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Reasons for Windows 10 migration multiply

A few milestones this year will help resellers nudge users with their OS migration plans

As resellers get out their new diaries and plot the year ahead the end of sale dates for various Windows operating systems are well worth circling.

Windows 7 Professional will stop shipping to OEMs and retailers from 31 October along with Windows 8.1 and that should provide customers looking for more reasons to move to the latest OS with even more incentive.

Although the end of support dates for those aging operating systems is still some way off customers are bound to start feeling uncomfortable knowing that their existing OS is now old news.

"There are still organisations trying to finalise the move from XP to Windows 7. The idea that in 2016, Windows 7 will be on the way out can seem pretty daunting," said Adrian Foxall, CEO of Camwood.

"The good news is that Microsoft is continously making these updates easier to manage; the bad news is that we are reaching a point where technological change is so rapid and so saturating that business simply cannot cope," added Foxall.

The opportunity for the channel exists around the migration to the latest Windows 10 platform as well as encouraging users to keep an eye on the service packs and updates that are issued by the vendor.

"Every missed update or unistalled service pack represents a potential hole in an organisation's security, not to mention colstly compliance implications," added Foxall.

Most of the analysts have been pointing to this year as being the time when most corporate customers will start to adopt Windows 10.

Figures from Context last month showed that the number of PCs shipping with Windows Business had increased through Western distribution in November, compared to October, with household names including HP, Lenovo and Fujitsu driving sales.

"The acceleration in the transition to Windows 10 seen in the channel was in line with reports on decreasing, although still higher than desired, PC inventory levels across Western Europe", said Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at Context.

"High levels of old stock had been one of the reasons for the slow start to sales of Windows 10 PCs following the new OS’s launch in July, together with the late release of the Windows 10 build and the availability of a free upgrade," she added.

Windows 10 has already been installed on 120m devices, according to numbers from Microsoft out at the start of November. Of that total 8m business PCs had also shipped. In terms of migrating users on older versions of the software 90,000 have been successfully moved across to Win 10.

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