Microsoft has been pushing very hard for Windows 10 to become the preferred choice for both home users and enterprises, and according to new data, this plan is working.
Data included in the 2018 Duo Trusted Access Report reveals that Windows 10 adoption increased in the enterprise from 27% last year to no less than 48% in 2018, and this is living proof that Microsoft’s latest operating system is slowly replacing older versions.
Including Windows 7, that is, as the highly-successful 2009 desktop OS dropped from 65% share last year to 44% in 2018, and the declining trend is likely to continue in the coming years. Windows 7 is projected to reach the end of support in January 2020.
The report shows that companies in the computers & electronics, wholesale & distribution, and nonprofit organizations are the fastest to adopt Windows 10, while the slowest are insurance, transportation & storage, and healthcare companies.
But despite Windows 10 increasing its share in the enterprise, Windows altogether is losing ground. The total Microsoft share fell from 68% to 65% this year, while macOS jumped from 27% to 30%. Furthermore, Apple also gained in the mobile sector where iOS scored a 2% growth to 12%.
“With more users authenticating into enterprise applications via mobile Apple devices, this shows a trend in the increasingly mobile enterprise user, accessing work applications remotely,” the report reads.
“Most endpoints are not running the latest operating system version, but iOS and macOS devices are generally more up to date than Android and Chrome OS devices.”
Unsurprisingly, the most devices that are currently out of date run Android, while ChromeOS comes second, followed by macOS, and iOS. Windows is not included in the charts.
Windows 10 itself is becoming an operating system that is more and more focused on enterprises, with security considered one of the main reasons for this type of customers to upgrade their endpoints.