Windows 10 enterprise adoption continues to rise

The latest figures from Context indicate that Windows 10 is being embraced by the commercial world

It has taken slightly more than a year but there are signs that Windows 10 is starting to make a real impression in the enterprise just as the crucial Q4 sales period starts to ramp up.

The channel has been waiting for business customers to get behind the latest Microsoft OS since its launch last July and has been told
several times that this second half of 2016 was when it would start to happen.

The latest numbers from Context, which gets its data straight from European distributors, indicates that Windows 10 now account for a
quarter of all business PCs sold.

The analyst house found that Windows 10 Pro accounted for 24% of Windows Business PCs sold through Western Europe’s distributors, up from 18% in July and 16% in June.

Just as more users were adopting Windows 10 there were slightly less going for the older Windows 7/XP versions, which many users have clung onto as they resisted upgrading.

Windows 10 Pro unit share of Windows Business PCs (excl. Win 7/Win 10 downgrade version) by country, August 2016

 
 Source: Context
Aug-16
UK
15%
Germany
20%
France
38%
Italy
16%
Spain
28%
Sweden
24%
Netherlands
19%
Switzerland
21%
Poland
21%


Comparisons between Windows 7 and 10 at the comparative stages of their history have also narrowed with both of them now closely following the same pattern of adoption 13 months after launch.

“Industry expectations have European Windows 10 business spending picking up further towards the end of the current year”, said Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at Context.

“This will help to drive a modest improvement in the overall second half 2016 PC sales, compared to that seen in the first half of the year," she added.

When Microsoft provided its anniversary update in early August it stated that there were now more than 350m devices using Windows 10 globally.

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We’ve had a few Windows 10 machines hit the user base and, so far, most reports are that it’s being well accepted.
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A computer sold with Windows 10 does not mean that Windows 10 stays on the machine. Many I've dealt with feel Win10 is just wrong for the Enterprise - it's not what they asked for, and most still wipe the shipped image, and install their own Win7 build.

There actually isn't any industry push to Win10 yet. It changes too much too often, and the forklift patching is just horrible.
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