Updating to Windows 10 is expected to be faster than previous operating system (OS) adoption due to fears over safety, with many saying they will complete this by the end of 2017

A survey was conducted by Gartner, Inc. at the end of 2016.  1,014 respondents from 6 countries (the U.S., the U.K., France, China, India and Brazil) gave insights as to who their companies would plan for Windows 10 migration.

49% of respondents said that security improvements were the main reason for the migration, with 38% of businesses citing great cloud integration capabilities.  Many explained that budgets do impact their choices.



“Windows 10 is not perceived as an immediate business-critical project; it is not surprising that one in four respondents expect issues with budgeting,” said Ranjit Atwal, Research Director at Gartner.

When talking about the migration, other considerations were raised that mean businesses may look to rolling out the changes sooner rather than later, “Respondents’ device buying intentions have significantly increased as organizations saw third- and fourth-generation products optimized for Windows 10 with longer battery life, touchscreens and other Windows 10 features. The intention to purchase convertible notebooks increased as organizations shifted from the testing and pilot phases into the buying and deployment phases,” said Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner.



Interestingly, the results differed to those that were provided in the same survey from a year before, “Organizations recognize the need to move to Windows 10, and the total time to both evaluate and deploy Windows 10 has shortened from 23 months to 21 months between surveys that Gartner did during 2015 and 2016,” said Atwal. “Large businesses are either already engaged in Windows 10 upgrades or have delayed upgrading until 2018. This likely reflects the transition of legacy applications to Windows 10 or replacing those legacy applications before Windows 10 migration takes place.”