How Companies Plan to Make the Move to Windows 10

By Michael Vizard

For the most part, the channel has looked forward to Windows operating system upgrades in anticipation of the demand for IT services they usually generate, but in recent years, that upgrade process has been fairly protracted. Although there is unlikely to be a wholesale migration to Windows 10 in the enterprise, a new survey of 186 IT professionals conducted at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference by Adaptiva, a provider of tools that enhance Microsoft management software, finds that more than four in 10 respondents plan to migrate to Windows 10 within a year of its release on July 29. The biggest barrier to making that migration, as always, looks to be existing application compatibility. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager software appears to be the odds-on favorite tool that will be used to make those migrations, and only about a third said they plan to buy new PCs to make the migration. Although that may not have all the makings of a true Windows 10 phenomenon, it does suggest that there's enough enthusiasm for Windows 10 out there to drive a fair amount of new business opportunities across the channel.

This article was originally published on 2015-06-25