The adoption of Windows 10 by enterprise and consumers may have come as a surprise to some, particularly those who were sceptical when Microsoft ambitiously announced it was planning to upgrade one billion devices. The early signs have been encouraging, however, with adoption rates matching the scale of Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10. A recent Spiceworks survey found that 60% of IT departments had already tested Windows 10, with 40% planning a full roll out later this calendar year. If similar rates of adoption continue through 2017, Windows 10 could become the fastest deployed version of Windows. That’s why we thought we should look again at why so many organizations are making the switch to Windows 10.

Designed for Business

The difficulty of upgrading to Windows 8, as well issues with compatibility across devices, meant many organizations decided against full adoption.  This fact has clearly influenced Microsoft’s thinking, and upgrading to Windows 10 seems to be much smoother. Microsoft have also worked hard to improve Windows 10 for business users with features such as Microsoft Passport, a secure login system, and a dedicated Windows Store for Business which includes an organization’s own apps alongside a selection of others, allowing managers to bulk buy useful apps.

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Security

With any operating system, security is always going to be paramount, with organizations keen to do everything possible to limit the risk of breaches. Besides introducing more secure passport options, Microsoft have also given organizations greater control over enterprise and device management, allowing them to benefit from increased flexibility afforded by its Azure Cloud. Despite Windows 10’s advanced security features, there remain concerns with the way in which Windows 10 harvests data and stores customers’ information. Terry Myerson has recently used the Windows Blog to make clear which data are collected, why they’re important for helping to improve reliability and how, ultimately, customers will have the option to disable this feature.

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Universal Apps

User experience will always be at the top of an employee’s list of priorities. That’s probably why there’s been so much enthusiasm about the return of the Start Menu. Again Microsoft have been keen to broadcast the improvements it’s made to Windows 10, with features like Universal Apps platform offering business users a simple, secure and flexible way to work across their different devices. Other day-to-day benefits of Windows 10 include its new web browser, Edge, which has a handy distraction-free reading mode and allows users to make notes on webpages and share them with their colleagues. This most recent and final version of Windows will continue to evolve and develop over the next few years, but the early signs are positive, for enterprise adoption and also for user experience.

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