November has been a big month for Windows 10. No, I am not referring to the stop-and-go release of the October 2018 Update but rather to the two major milestones Windows 10 is expected to reach almost 40 months after its initial release:
- It will finally surpass Windows 7 in terms of overall adoption and
- More than half of Microsoft's enterprise customer base is now running on Windows 10.
While Microsoft executives are celebrating these long awaited successes, there is a flip side. This means that still one out of two large organizations has to upgrade to the new operating system before Windows 7 goes officially end-of-life on January 14th, 2020. Many analysts see this date as the deadline for enterprises to finish their initial Windows 10 transformation — giving them just over a year to complete it. For those that do not complete, an expensive Microsoft custom support agreement looms, further driving the need to adopt at speed.