IT Priorities 2019: IT professionAls plAn A big push into migrAte off Windows seven #View_AllFebruary 18, 2019
In the Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey , 52% of the 134 people interviewed in the UK said they would migrate to Windows 10 this year.
The figures for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are similar, with 44% of the 762 respondents planning a desktop migration to Windows 10.
What is surprising about this year’s results is that more than half of IT professionals rated the upgrade from Windows 7 as their top desktop IT project, which suggests many still have a lot of work to do to get onto Windows 10.
If Gartner’s figures are any indication, this is likely to occur as enterprises replace old PCs with new Windows 10 devices.
But Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities also shows that IT professionals do not have much of an appetite for alternative desktop IT strategies.
Just 20% said they are running desktop-as-a-service ( DaaS ) projects this year, and 20% said they will deploy thin clients .
The results suggest IT professionals are not convinced that DaaS or thin clients are good enough to replace a traditional Windows desktop environment.
Given that a growing number of enterprise applications are browser-based or available as software-as-a-service ( SaaS ), the fact that IT professionals are not looking at alternative ways to deliver Windows suggests that their desktop strategy remains a traditional desktop environment, based on thick-client Windows.
Given that Windows 10 offers backwards compatibility with Windows 7, the challenge IT departments face is that, unless they exert pressure on their desktop applications providers, there is no incentive for application software providers to adapt the applications to new approaches to desktop IT, or even take advantage of the new application programming interfaces (APIs) and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) available in Windows 10.
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