There is no denying the success of Windows 10; it has had a great adoption rate, surpassing the adoptions of both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
But as with everything in life, the data gets more interesting as you delve into some of the finer points.
The two factors that have really helped accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 are the return of the start menu and the free upgrade.
So the question is, who is adopting Windows 10 and who isn’t?
Softchoice has published statistics on their customer base, some of which are:
- Less than one percent of devices in 169 North American companies are using Windows 10.
- 91 percent of systems are running Windows 7—an 18 percent increase over last year.
Additional data from both StatCounter and Netmarketshare show that the percentage of Windows 10 devices on the internet tends to spike over the weekend, indicating that consumers have been the largest users of Windows 10 and that many enterprises have not started the migration yet.
What are the main IT concerns and how are the migrations going?
Spiceworks conducted a survey with results from over 900 IT professionals. The data revealed something very interesting:
- 85 percent of companies that have deployed Windows 10 are generally satisfied, but Windows 7 is still getting higher end-user satisfaction.
Companies that had started adopting Windows 10 were asked to list their top challenges. Compatibility of software and hardware, as well as migration time, were listed as the biggest challenges.
What is stopping enterprises from migrating?
Over the past year, we have had many discussions with enterprise companies about their plans, concerns, and expectations. It seems that the IT professionals have been correct in identifying the biggest challenges, wins, and roadblocks companies are facing.
The recurring themes that we have heard from IT regarding the adoption of Windows 10 involve application compatibility, migration issues, and Windows updates. The larger enterprises always face the most compatibility issues; they know this and are always having to work to limit the risks in this area.
According to the Spiceworks survey, 62 percent of companies had not started any Windows 10 implementations. Top reasons companies are delaying include the fact that many of them are satisfied with current OS, they are concerned about compatibility issues, and they want control over Windows updates.
There is also a common theme of how to make sure the end-user is satisfied with their computing experience and that they can be productive.
Windows cumulative update model
The cumulative update model of Windows has been discussed, namely, how it increases the application compatibility risks.
Enterprises will be forced to choose between not patching or having an application broken due to the patch for at least 30 days if Microsoft has to make the change or until a third-party vendor can make a change.
This discussion has caused many IT professionals great concern and has impeded many people’s decision to move to Windows 10. An interesting twist was announced last week, that Windows 7 and 8.1 will be moved to this patch model in October.
Does this refuel the Windows 10 migrations or does it just add an additional application testing tax on IT departments that will slow the adoption of patches?
Clearly, the above data shows that IT professionals in the enterprise are approaching Windows 10 with caution and concerns.