Windows 10 Arrival Heralds New Era for Channel

By Michael Vizard  |  Print this article Print
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NEWS ANALYSIS: For the channel, the most important thing about Windows 10 may be the cloud services and associated consulting opportunities it will enable.

While very few organizations may make a wholesale shift to Windows 10 overnight, once the first few Windows updates are released to address any lingering potential security or application compatibility issues, the pace of the upgrade process might start to pick up. However, for the most part, much of that initial adoption is expected to be focused on mobile computing devices, such as the Microsoft Surface 3.

Given all the benefits Windows 10 provides to both the internal IT organization and the end user, the operating system's adoption might still outpace the adoption of Windows 7. Of course, one of the biggest challenges IT organizations will face will be managing that transition. Not only will there be multiple instances of Windows that need to be managed simultaneously, but organizations now routinely are making use of devices running Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems.

Nabeel Youakim, vice president of product management and strategic partners for Windows app delivery at Citrix, said that additional level of complexity will drive more IT organizations to adopt desktop virtualization as way to simplify the management of those environments while providing broader access to Windows applications running on servers or in the cloud.

"A lot of end users will be pushing IT to adopt Windows 10, but there will be a lot of application compatibility issues," Youakim said. "We think that will create a lot of opportunity for desktop virtualization discussions."

In fact, assuming there are going to be 380 million migrations to Windows 10 in the first year alone, Youakim said, it only takes a small percentage of those deployments to expand the overall size of the desktop virtualization market considerably.

From a solution provider perspective, the most important thing about Windows 10 may not be how it actually gets delivered, but rather all the downstream cloud services and associated business consulting opportunities it will enable.

Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for more than years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.