Gartner Research

Skip Windows 8.1 and Move Directly to Windows 10

Published: 15 June 2015

ID: G00278280

Analyst(s): Stephen Kleynhans

Summary

With the release of Windows 10 set for 29 July 2015, end-user computing managers who plan to deploy Windows 8.1, but have not begun significant deployments, should redirect their efforts toward early deployment of Windows 10, rather than devoting resources to the superseded platform.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Move Planned Windows 8.1 Deployment Projects to Windows 10
    • Customers Who Have Windows 8.0 Deployed
    • Customers Who Are in Predeployment Stages With Windows 8.1
  • Enterprises That Already Have Windows 8.1 Deployed Should Continue With Those Deployments for the Time Being
    • Customers on Windows XP
  • Customers on Windows 7 With No Plans for Windows 8.1 Should Begin Evaluating Windows 10 for Deployment in 2H16 or Later

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