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Today, more than half of Windows users (56%) are running Windows 7 — which was released more than six years ago. In the enterprise space, this number is much higher (85%) and most are following the well trodden path of skipping one Windows upgrade (in this case Windows 8/8.1) because of the massive camel-hump of effort and cost involved with these IT transformation projects.

With the release of Windows 10 on June 29, 2015, we are now in a world where IT must provide businesses with a competitive advantage, security is of the utmost importance, and businesses need the ability to empower a mobile workforce from anywhere at any time.

On releasing Windows 10, Microsoft has united all of the company's past desktop operating system experiences on one platform that combines phones, tablets, PCs, and their new Surface Hub. Now, organizations can build universal apps that span across all Windows devices on one platform. How does this benefit enterprises? Having one management paradigm and security model significantly saves costs while simultaneously reducing IT complexity.

Gartner Windows guru Kleynhans expects that by 2018, 80% of businesses will run Windows 10 as it is an inevitable upgrade — no matter what version you are currently running.  But he also expects organizations to tackle the upgrade to Windows 10 much faster than any Windows upgrade ever before.

So with all of these new features, what's the real impact on enterprises?  What will it cost? What are the biggest drivers to migrate sooner rather than later? We've created an infographic with everything you need to know:

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Barry Angell

Written by Barry Angell

Barry is a co-founder of Juriba, where he works as CEO to drive the company strategy. He is an experienced End User Services executive that has helped manage thousands of users, computers, applications and mailboxes to their next IT platform. He has saved millions of dollars for internal departments and customers alike through product, project, process and service delivery efficiency.

Topics: Windows 10 Migration