Still plenty to play for with Windows 10

Businesses are adopting the latest Microsoft OS but there are still plenty of targets for the channel to go for

The question all along about Windows 10 has not been so much if it is better than the versions that have gone before but just how quickly it has been adopted by the enterprise market.

The channel and hardware vendors have been waiting to see when customers will make the move to upgrade systems to take advantage of the latest Microsoft OS and the general consensus has been that it should start to be really noticeable about now.

Some have reported already seeing it, with Lenovo recently sharing its view that the corporate market has started to adopt the OS, but there is a slight question mark over the timetable given that the free upgrade programme runs its course tomorrow.

Microsoft has been running the free upgrade scheme as part of its plans to get millions of users to adopt the OS but that now expires and there are still plenty of firms left to make the shift.

Figures from Spiceworks indicate that across EMEA organisations 39% have already adopted the OS, which leaves a significant number of potential targets for the channel to go for.

The 38% adoption rate is not far off the 40% adoption level that IT professionals had expected a year after launch when they were asked back in 2015

Those who have not yet made the move have reported that they are content with their current OS, which tends to be Windows 7, and most admitted that the free upgrade programme had been a tempting driver for change.

"It appears some organizations are perfectly content idling at the starting gate. But among those who do plan to implement Windows 10, 11% plan to do so within the next 12 months, an additional 22% plan to in one to two years, and 16% plan to within two or more years," stated Spiceworks.

The Spiceworks findings also found that software, manufacturing and energy were the ones with the highest adoption rates and those firms with more than 250 employees or more were the most likely to have adopted the software.

Drilling down slightly deeper the majority of deployments are on laptops and desktops but around 40% are running the OS on tablets and a smaller portion (10%) are using it on smartphones.

That pattern is also likely to be replicated by those businesses that are currently in the implementation phase, with most looking to roll it out across laptops and desktops.

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