Market research firm Gartner reports Windows 10 is poised to become the most widely installed version in the history of Windows. A large part of this shift is thanks to the cost-free nature of this upgrade, and Gartners expects a large number of consumers will be familiar with the OS by the end of 2015, and that about half of all enterprises will have at least started their upgrade by January 2016.
Several factors are driving migration, specifically awareness of the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020, strong compatibility with Windows 7 applications and devices, and a pent-up demand for tablet and 2-in-1 device rollouts. The net result is that many enterprises are planning to begin pilots for Windows 10 in the first half of 2016, and to broaden their deployments in the latter part of the year. Gartner expects that at least half of enterprises will have started some production deployments by the beginning of 2017, with an eye to completing their migrations in 2019.