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When Should Businesses Upgrade to Windows 10?

Home users will likely be the first test bed for the new Windows 10 operating system. As Steve Ranger of ZDNet explains, for business, Windows 10 adoption will be mixed at first. Some companies might even downgrade to Windows 7 after purchasing new equipment.

7, 8, 9 – Welcome 10

For most businesses, Windows 7 has been the darling of operating systems, and few have moved on to the less favorably viewed Windows 8. Yet regardless of their current status, most business users are predicted to make the jump to Windows 10 (forget about nine, seven “eight” nine) sooner rather than later. Five million public testers led to the creation of this new version, making it possibly the most user-friendly version to date.

The Waiting Game

Most business owners will wait for at least the initial use stages to play out, watching for compatibility issues with their LOB applications. In fact, many businesses will even go so far as to put it in a “lab” for up to a year before piloting the OS with real users, and then will perhaps apply additional testing until compatibility and desired performance are evident, putting the average deployment time (for mid-sized to large companies) at late 2016 or 2017.

Adoption Scenarios

At any rate, prepare for the upgrade to cause disruption (as the holiday season is not an ideal time to roll out). The following are common adoption scenarios that will likely pay out in the coming months / years:

  • Windows XP users (if they don’t plan on Windows 7) will go straight to Windows 10.
  • Windows 8.1 users should stick to their game for a while.
  • Users planning on the 8.1 upgrade should jump ship and head for Windows 10.
  • Windows 7 users should likewise bypass 8.1 and look to 10.
  • Windows 7 users who are thoroughly satisfied might also just stay put.

In any case, Windows 10 is likely to be a hit, and the same pressures that are forcing XP users onto Windows 7 will surely force Windows 7 users to Windows 10 by the Windows 7 end date, which is in 2020.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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