Although Castelino denied that the support deadline for Windows 7 is a prime factor in the enthusiasm Spiceworks has seen from IT professionals -- he argued that it's in large part due to what they believe will be a smooth transition to Windows 10 -- the other polling results highlight the importance of Windows 7's retirement.
When asked to name the factors that led them to adopt a new operating system, 66% of the IT decision makers named "end of life/support," the top vote getter. In comparison, "user demand" drummed up only 23%.
Even if Microsoft had not morphed Windows 10 into a service-like creature with its continual updates and upgrades, and had stuck with its historic every-three-year release cadence, the new OS would still have been the only available to businesses before the demise of Windows 7.
No wonder IT professionals are interested in Windows 10.
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