Ethan Group powers Makita onto Windows 10

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Ethan Group powers Makita onto Windows 10

The Ethan Group is upgrading power tool manufacturer Makita to Windows 10, Microsoft announced Wednesday.

Makita Australia assistant IT manager Shaun Adams said that the company will be rolling out Windows 10 and other new infrastructure over the next half-year.

"We’ve seen the Windows 10 product, we’ve tested it, we’ve used it, we love it and we’ll push it out as quickly as we can," said Adams.

"Over the next six months we’re going to be implementing a totally virtual environment through Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, we’re upgrading all our servers to Microsoft Server 2012 R2, replacing our current email system, and adopting a Windows 10 Pro based platform."

Microsoft Australia confirmed Sydney-headquartered Ethan Group as the Windows 10 upgrade partner.

Makita will upgrade all its end user devices, introduce Office 365 and utilise Skype for Business as part of the technology reform.

"The changes in the real business process aren't all coming from Windows 10 but the new operating system definitely enables all the other products to work together to form a seamless bond," said Adams.

Microsoft commissioned Tech Research Asia to conduct a survey of 301 Australian "business decision makers", and claims that 64 percent are intending to upgrade to Windows 10 within the next year. The vendor also claimed 75 percent of respondents would adopt the new OS within the first two years.

Mobility was the top reason for Windows 10 adoption, with 75 percent of respondents nominating it as an important factor.

TRA director Tim Dillon said that the survey results show "real appetite for change" in Australian businesses. "We also believe that the familiarity of Windows helps makes upgrading so much more palatable for companies."

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