How quickly are users adopting Windows 10?
Well, we could ask Microsoft, but what would you expect them to say? Competitors will talk it down and the industry press has too many vested interests to give an unbiased answer.
We think Windows 10 adoption is going at a rate of knots, and here are some of the reasons why…
- It’s free for most users
- Your computer will keep nagging you to upgrade
- It’s a frictionless upgrade – you don’t have to buy anything or install from a disk; just agree to the update and let it run
- Our friends at Google indicate there are plenty of users already running Windows 10…
The extremely unscientific Google Trends graph above indicates things might be going pretty well. People searching for problems likely means they will have the operating system installed. The fact that ‘Windows 10 Problem’ is trending, doesn’t mean that Windows 10 is buggy – it means that lots of people have upgraded to Windows 10 and as the installed user base is large, a relatively small number of problems is actually quite a significant number of searches.
Search engines are great tools, but many misunderstand the results. For example, if you search for ‘Seagate hard drive problem’, you will get lots of results and might infer that Seagate make rubbish hard drives. The reality is that Seagate is one of the biggest hard drive manufacturers in the world and their drive failure rates would stand comparison with any of their competitors.
But because they sell huge volumes of drives, the actual number of ‘problems’ reported (whether actual or perceived) is quite large, even though the percentage of real problems is very small.
Irrespective of our little bit of fun with Google Trends, we’ve seen a few versions of Windows roll out over the years (all of them, actually) and here is why we think Windows 10 is going to be big, both for consumers and corporates.
- It works (early days, but first indications on a number of configurations hasn’t thrown up any major issues)
- It fixes some Windows 8/8.1 stuff that didn’t work well on the desktop. That means anyone who got a machine with Windows 8 or 8.1 pre-installed will likely upgrade.
- The Edge Browser is better than IE (not hard, admittedly); it looks to utilise memory better than Chrome and might become the browser of choice for many.
- If you have bought into the Microsoft ecosystem, it makes sense to run Windows 10 across all your devices.
- Corporates will have to upgrade sooner or later; many will be planning to take advantage of the one year ‘free’ upgrade period.
We are recommending SMEs test and deploy Windows 10 sooner rather than later – if you are committed to Microsoft and are running Windows Servers in house or on the cloud, you will have to make the move at some point, so might as well get on with it.
If your business needs help or advice on rolling out an upgrade programme, give us a call!