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IT hears the siren call of free Windows 10 upgrades

Gregg Keizer | July 29, 2015
Two-thirds of polled IT pros agree that the free upgrade makes them more likely to adopt the new OS.

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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