Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Windows 10 - What it means for Business

Windows 8 Adoption

According to Net Applications, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 fell to a combined 12.26 percent of the desktop OS market by the end of September, down more than a percentage point from 13.37 percent at the end of August, which is the highest it’s ever been.

No one would argue that the two most maligned operating systems ever to be released by Microsoft are Windows Vista and Windows 8, but it might surprise some to know that Vista was actually more popular in its heyday than Windows 8 is now.

Microsoft, whose employees reportedly refer to Windows 8 internally as “the new Vista,” seems to have realized that it’s alienated a good portion of its PC user base with the drastic changes it made with Windows 8.

Since XP’s demise Windows 7’s share of the market has gone from 49.3% at the end of April to 52.7% at the end of September.

A company looks at the budget line cost of upgrading the Windows 8 OS, then factor in the cost of upgrading peripherals. That’s when many companies decide to stick with Windows 7 for that legacy support,” said Joe Lore, sales director at Sunnytech, a Woburn, Mass.-based Lenovo partner.

Windows Life-Cycle

* Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013.

Windows 10 – How does it benefit business?

It’s more familiar from a user experience standpoint.
  • There’s virtually no learning curve required with Windows 10. For mouse and keyboard users, the Windows 10 user experience begins at the familiar desktop. The Start menu experience of Windows 7 has been expanded, providing one-click access to the functions and files that people use most.
  • In-place upgrades from Windows 7 or 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete.
  • Windows 10 delivers one universal app platform, one security model, and one deployment and management approach.
  • Unified experience scales across devices.
  • Windows 10 is able to provide an additional layer of protection using containers and data separation at the application and file level – enabling protection that follows the data wherever it goes. Whether the data moves from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, email or the cloud – it maintains the same level of protection.
  • Added tools for compatibility testing.
  • Through new dynamic provisioning capabilities, businesses will be able to configure off-the-shelf devices, without reimaging.
  • Planning for the new, unified app store to allow for volume app purchases based on existing organizational identity, flexible distribution and the ability for organizations to reclaim or re-use licenses.
  • Organizations will also be able to create a customized store, curating store experiences that can include their choice of Store apps alongside company-owned apps into a separate employee store experience.


Businesses with extended support may very well stick with Windows 7 until end of life and look towards Windows 10’s successor in their roadmap. Businesses and consumers who are on mainstream support however will be forced to upgrade their Windows operating systems to either Windows 8 or Windows 10 but Windows 10 will find itself competing with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8/8.1.

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