What IT Leaders Seek From Windows 10

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-01-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Building Buzz
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    Building Buzz

    96% of surveyed CIOs, IT decision-makers and tech pros are interested in Windows 10, and 63% are more likely to adopt it due to a free upgrade.
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    Thorough Exam
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    Thorough Exam

    60% of those surveyed said their IT departments have either already tested or are actively testing the new operating system.
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    Welcome Back!
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    Welcome Back!

    64% are interested in the return of the "Start" button, compared to just 8% who are interested in the Continuum feature.
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    Top Factors Driving New OS Adoption

    End of life/support: 66%, Software requirements/compatibility: 60%, New features/functions: 49%, Security requirements: 41%, User demand: 23%
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    Layered Adoption

    40% said their companies plan to roll out Windows 10 within the first year, and 33% said their organizations will do so within two years.
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    Lucky Seven, Part I

    94% said their companies are running Windows 7 today.
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    Lucky Seven, Part II

    On average, Windows 7 is running on 77% of organizations' laptops and desktops, followed by Windows 8/8.1 (18%), Windows XP (14%) and Mac OS (10%).
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    Mobile Tools

    81% of survey respondents said iOS mobile devices are running within their enterprise, and 77% say Android-based devices are.
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    Encouraging Reception

    25% have a "very positive" impression of Microsoft's new browser, Edge, while only 4% have a "very negative" impression. (Nearly half don't know enough about it to have an opinion, and the rest are maintaining a neutral position for now.)
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    Biggest Concerns About Windows 10

    Hardware/software compatibility: 79%, Early release bugs: 65%, User training: 59%, Lack of third-party support: 51%, Time needed to complete upgrade process: 43%
 

The majority of IT departments have either already tested–or are actively testing–Windows 10, according to a recent survey from Spiceworks. The resulting report, "Windows 10: Will it Soar?" indicates that nearly all CIOs, IT decision-makers and tech professionals are interested in the much-anticipated operating system. And most plan to roll it out within the first two years of availability. There are initial concerns, however, especially when it comes to hardware and software compatibility, bugs, training and third-party support. "Microsoft's stated goal of 1 billion Windows 10 devices in two to three years is achievable, and strong interest from IT buyers bodes well for the entire Windows 10 ecosystem," said Sanjay Castelino, vice president of marketing at Spiceworks. "However, it's important for technology brands to understand the issues that matter most to IT buyers in a business context do not align with those of consumers, and brands should prepare to educate IT professionals accordingly." More than 500 CIOs, IT pros and tech decision-makers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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