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Gartner: Windows 10 Migration on Track To Be Fastest Yet

All that consumer activity around free upgrades will prime the pump for Windows 10 to become the most widely installed version of Windows ever, according to analysts at Gartner.

"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 (OS) before the end of 2015," said Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement Monday. "For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago."

Gartner's current prediction is that many enterprises will begin pilots in the first half of 2016 and half of enterprises will start their Windows 10 deployments by January 2017, with a goal of completing migrations in 2019, just ahead of the January 2020 end of extended support for Windows 7.

In a separate endpoint prediction, Gartner said touch will become much more price-competitive in the second half of 2016, and touchscreens will ship on a third of all notebooks by 2018.

Platform tracker StatCounter's Global Stats in September reported that in its first full month on the market Windows 10 had jumped out to a much faster start than Windows 8 had and a slightly faster start than Windows 7 had.

Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7
Worldwide 4.88% 1% 4.05%
United States 5.64% 1.16% 4.3%
United Kingdom 8.45% 1.17% 4.34%

Internet usage share for first calendar month since launch. (Source: StatCounter)

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 23, 2015 at 10:49 AM


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