Windows 10 may be growing in popularity with the average user, but North American businesses are not feeling the love for Microsoft’s most recent operating system.
A study from IT services firm Softchoice has revealed that only 0.75 percent of the American and Canadian businesses surveyed had PCs running Windows 10. Windows 7 remains the favorite operating system.
“It appears businesses are hesitant to take advantage of the various Windows 10 upgrades and, at least for now, are satisfied with Windows 7,” Softchoice senior manager David Brisbois said in a press release. “Historically, OS upgrades have been viewed as major time and resource-consuming undertakings, and this may be influencing the decision today to hold off on Windows 10.”
Of the 402,814 Windows devices analyzed at 169 organizations across the U.S. and Canada during the first half of this year, 91 percent were running Windows 7.
Five percent were still running Windows XP and four percent were using Windows 8.
“It seems businesses don’t see an urgent need to move operating systems, so long as their cloud-based applications are still running fine on Windows 7,” Softchoice director of the Microsoft Practice Craig McQueen. “In addition to the security benefits, I think once organizations grasp the user benefits – such as touch and Cortana – we will start to see a boost in adoption.”
While enterprise may be slow to adopt Windows 10, there was a pretty impressive adoption rate as users rushed to take advantage of the free upgrade offer that expired last month.
Windows 10, which launched last July, now enjoys a 21 percent share of the Windows operating system market, according to stats from Net Market Share. That is a more than three percent increase from the 17.43 percent it had in June.
Windows 7, meanwhile, continues to be the most-used software with 47 percent of the market, although it is down 1.56 percent in the past two months.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.