Almost all businesses will be moving to Windows 10 by end of the year

The main motivation is improving levels of security.

According to new research, most businesses have started to migrate their workforce to Windows 10 by the end of 2017.

This information came from a survey undertaken by Gartner at the end of 2016 spanning six countries (including the UK & US), this survey found around 85% of businesses had started deploying Windows 10 in this timeframe.

As of the end of 2016 around 46% of businesses had already started or completed this migration. This is in stark contrast of the scale where only 3% of companies say they would never upgrade to Windows 10 (Windows XP users) and 2% are saying they would move to Windows 10 around 2020 or later.

Security blanket

In 49% of cases Better Security was indicated as the common reason for upgrading, this was found when a poll took place when a thousand staff were questioned who are actively involved in the decision making process to migrate to the newest version of Windows.

Integration capabilities of the Cloud was the 2nd most common reason with 38% of those questioned valued this reason to move to Windows 10. Following this, Universal Apps was then reasoned as a further common reason to make the move, 34% of those questioned liked the idea of having software that works across phones, tablets and PCs.

And trailing behind that, around 33% are saying they are being driven to Windows 10 due to Windows 7 support going end of life in 2020.

With this research, Gartner did find businesses have concerns around budgeting for the deployment of Windows 10.

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