Windows 10 Marches Towards World Dominance

With last week’s bad news about Windows Phone here is some good news for Microsoft.

Windows 10 is on pace to be the most widely installed Windows version on this planet. We knew that this was likely to occur, however what is a bit surprising is the speed in which users are moving from Windows XP, 7 and 8 to 10.

Specifically, Gartner Inc is predicting half of enterprises will have at least started deploying Windows 10 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 before the end of 2015,” said Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. “For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago.”

Key Predictions

Why is Windows 10 so popular? Gartner pointed out several factors, including a stark awareness of the fact that Microsoft is ending Windows 7 support in January 2020, as well as compatibility with Windows 7 apps and devices and a pent-up demand for 2-in-1 devices and tablets in the enterprise.

The net effect: Many enterprises are planning to launch Windows 10 pilot programs in the first half of 2016. With at least half of enterprises starting some production deployments in 2017, Windows 10 could become the new standard by 2019.

Gartner also made three more predictions on the endpoint technology front. For starters, the firm said by 2019, organizations will deliver twice as many remote applications as in 2015.

The Touchscreen Adoption Trend Continues

By 2018, one-third of all notebooks will be touchscreen, according to Gartner. And in that same year, 30 percent of enterprises will spend more on display screens than on PCs thanks to the user demand in the digital workplace, the company said.

“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 Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney in the statement.

“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,” he said. “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.”

The move to Windows 10 which addresses the problems with Windows 8 coupled with the huge number of firms that stalled on Windows XP, provides the opportunity for a a very large – across the board upgrade.

The familiarity with touchscreens on tablets and the increased focus on designing Web sites and applications for touch use is obviously driving the massive move to touchscreens. Ironically, Apple, which actually started this movement, appears to have missed the boat this time by not embracing touchscreen capabilities on MacBooks and iMacs.

2016 looks to be a big year for Windows 10 as it marches towards world dominance.

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