[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ff3b3e” txt_color=”#ffffff”]M[/mks_dropcap]icrosoft has received a lot of praise thanks to its latest operating system: Windows 10. Windows 10 has helped Microsoft gain back its popularity and over 110 million device running Windows 10 proves that. Microsoft’s Windows 8 and 8.1 experiment didn’t execute as expected but now Satya Nadela led software giant is back on track and still racing ahead in being thee biggest software maker.
A recent report released by Gartner predicts that Windows 10 will be the most widely installed version of Windows ever. Previously, Windows XP and Windows 7 has been able to reach this position while Widows Vista completely doomed and Windows 8 struggled to be popular among end-users as well as enterprises.
According to the research performed by Gartner, Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 7 and 8.1 users is the core reason why Windows 10 will become the most widely used operating system. “In the consumer market, a free upgrade coupled with broad legacy device support and automatic over-the-air upgrades ensures that there will be tens of millions of users familiar with the operating system (OS) before the end of 2015.” Says Steve Kleynhans, research vice president with Gartner.
The report also suggests that 50 percent of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017. “For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago.” Steve continues.
5 Reasons Why Windows 10 Will Become the Most Widely Used Windows Ever
Reason 1: Windows 10 is free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users. A free upgrade save users and enterprises a lot in licence cost. Microsoft played smartly by offering free upgrade and also including Windows 7 users to this. Considering Windows 8 migrations saw less numbers than predicted, this was a wise decision made by Microsoft.
Reason 2: Large number of enterprises using Windows will start rolling out Windows 10 upgrade process by January 2017. Enterprises are usually last to upgrade to newer operating systems and migration is often a hectic and slow process. Once majority of these organizations start using Windows 10, it will increase its user-base widely.
Reason 3: Demand for tablets and hybrid devices is increasing. Portable devices running Windows 10 are in demand. Most major device manufacturers are interested in bringing portable devices such as hybrid or tablets due to increased popularity among multiple class of users.
Reason 4: Awareness about end-of-support for Windows 10 in 2020. Windows XP saw the longest life span. Keeping its huge popularity in mind, Microsoft continued supporting Windows XP with regular patches and updates till April 2014 when they finally pulled plug of it.
Microsoft has made it clear that it will stop supporting Windows 7, its previous most popular OS by 2020. Microsoft recently asked OEMs to stop manufacturing devices with Windows 7 or 8.1 by October 31, 2016. This makes it clear that after this date, Windows 10 will be the only Windows version available for purchase.
Reason 5: Windows 10 is the last version of Windows. Microsoft will keep releasing upgraded build of Windows 10, each build bringing new features. With Windows 10, Microsoft is in planning of serving Windows as a service. While it is not clear what exactly it is referred to, to me it looks like Microsoft is dropping the idea of ‘Windows versions’ and will just continue bringing updates to Windows 10. It’s like a web browser, take Google Chrome or Firefox as an example, which keeps receiving updates but are referred as Chrome or Firefox after all, no matter which version it is currently running.
This makes it pretty clear that Windows 10 is going to be only operating system being developed and shipped by OEMs. With no other Windows OS available in the market, Windows 10 will become the most widely used Windows eventually.
At this point of time, these are the reason why Microsoft’s Windows 10 will become the most widely Windows version to me. Feel free to have your say.