Gartner: Windows 10 will become the ‘most widely installed version of Windows ever’

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Microsoft launched Windows 10 a little while ago, and the OS had a brilliant start, to say the least. The OS is currently running on more than 110 million devices, according to Microsoft. Now, Gartner predicts that Windows 10 will become the most widely installed version of Windows ever. The report states:

Windows 10 is poised to become the most widely installed version of Windows ever, following on the path of Windows XP and Windows 7 before it, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017.

Several factors are driving migration, specifically awareness of the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020, strong compatibility with Windows 7 applications and devices, and a pent-up demand for tablet and 2-in-1 device rollouts. The net result is that many enterprises are planning to begin pilots for Windows 10 in the first half of 2016, and to broaden their deployments in the latter part of the year. Gartner expects that at least half of enterprises will have started some production deployments by the beginning of 2017, with an eye to completing their migrations in 2019.

To be honest, this shouldn’t be a big surprise as Microsoft wants the operating system to power 1 billion devices by July 2018. Obviously, that could be hard, but the company is getting Windows 10 on the PC, tablets, the Xbox One, Phones, and HoloLens which means the OS will have a lot more devices to power.

What do you think? Will Microsoft be able to get Windows 10 running on 1 billion devices by 2018? Discuss in the commetn section below.

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