Windows 10 gaining ground in enterprise space

Six months on from the launch of Windows 10 and already there are signs that it is becoming a serious proposition for the enterprise market

So where are we with Windows 10? it seems that more businesses are starting to use the OS and that matters because it makes it a serious revenue opportunity for the channel.

In all the hulabaloo following the launch last summer the focus was largely on the free upgrades and the target that Microsoft set of getting one billion users onto the system. Most of the initial activity was at a consumer level and the impact on the commercial world was fairly limited.

The figures that came out from both IDC and Gartner last month showed that the PC market had continued to suffer falls in global shipments but both talked of stabilisation and of better things to come this year as the Windows 10 business migration picked up.

There are other factors at play as well with Intel's Skylake architecture being a reason to upgrade along with a raft of snazzy new bits of hardware from all the usual household names.

For the channel the opportunity around Windows 10 is the questions they can help answer that are thrown up by a migration to a new OS. There are potential changes needed in hardware, infrastructure and security that can all provide resellers with a chance to talk to the user about their IT strategy.

At the end of last year Microsoft claimed that 200m business PCs were using Windows 10 and that three quarters of large enterprises were piloting the software.

In an effort to get an insight into where things stand in the business community Spiceworks has taken the pulse of the market to find out what the current adoption rates are looking like.

The firm had already predicted that 40% of businesses would adopt Win 10 by this summer and when it checked last October 11% had already done so.

Six months on

Six months after the 29 July launch and penetration in the enterprise market in Emea stands at 18% and Windows 10 remains the most quickly adopted OS in history. The US is leading the way with slightly higher levels of usage but Emea is not far behind.

The other stat that is a useful one for the channel is the break down in terms of company size with those firms with more than 500 people using Windows 10 much more than the smaller firms with less than 50 people.

"We're still confident Windows 10 is living up to the lofty pre-launch adoption predictions IT pros made last year. Microsoft is also still on track to have a billion devices running Windows 10 within a few years of launch—they're already 20% of the way there according to their own data, and 11% of those 200 million devices are being used by businesses," stated Peter Tsai, IT analyst at Spiceworks in a blog post.

As well as Microsoft doing its bit to bang the drum and get businesses thinking about their OS strategy there are other vendors in the market spreading the migration message.

Migrating risk

AppSense has just cut the ribbon on its latest DataNow release, which allows users to sync files securely across any Windows environment.

The main feature of the latest version is support for Windows 10 and products like that will give the channel more tools to promote a migration story to customers.

Bassam Khan, vice president of product marketing at AppSense, said that the attraction for users was the removal of risk from a migration.

"When our customers migrate users to Windows 10, AppSense enables them to sync all files and settings data from a user’s laptop or desktop and make them instantly available on that user’s new Windows 10 device—without disrupting the user,” he said.

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Perhaps we should hold the kudos until IT discovers the weekly bug fixes and program patches. I suspect this may not be as smooth a transition as MS hopes.
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