Security the biggest reason for Windows 10 migrations: Gartner

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Security the biggest reason for Windows 10 migrations: Gartner

Security improvements is the leading driver for enterprises to migrate to Windows 10 on PCs, according to a study by Gartner.

The report found that 49 percent of respondents cited security improvements as the reason for deploying Windows 10 in their business. The second most-often-named reason was cloud integration capabilities, at 38 percent, and third was the ability to share universal Windows apps on PCs, phones and tablets, at 34 percent.

Gartner principal researcher Meike Escherich said products optimised for Windows 10 also had an impact on purchasing decision for businesses.

"Respondents' device buying intentions have significantly increased as organisations saw third- and fourth-generation products optimised for Windows 10 with longer battery life, touchscreens and other Windows 10 features," she said.

"The intention to purchase convertible notebooks increased as organisations shifted from the testing and pilot phases into the buying and deployment phases."

Out of the 1014 enterprises Gartner surveyed, 85 percent said they would have at least started migrating to Windows 10 by the end of 2017.

Gartner researcher Ranjit Atwal said that the total time to evaluate and deploy Windows 10 has already been reduced from 23 months to 21 months.

"Large businesses are either already engaged in Windows 10 upgrades or have delayed upgrading until 2018. This likely reflects the transition of legacy applications to Windows 10 or replacing those legacy applications before Windows 10 migration takes place," he said.

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