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Microsoft Says 1.5 Million Enterprise Users Have Deployed Windows 10

While Microsoft this week said 75 million users have upgraded to Windows 10, an additional stat IT pros may find noteworthy is that 1.5 million of them were organizations upgrading their Enterprise Edition licenses.

Members of the Windows team meeting with journalists on the Redmond campus today revealed the figure to demonstrate the rapid adoption of Windows 10, which was released just a month ago. While the number pales in comparison to the consumers or users of the Windows 10 Home and Pro edition, the number of enterprises who have deployed Windows 10 in just four weeks after its released is "unprecedented," said Stella Chernyak, a senior director for Windows Commercial at Microsoft.

Chernyak didn't say how many companies the 1.5 million licenses represent but said some of them are among some of the largest global customers. "Some of them are rolling out hundreds of machines in some very large pilots," she said. Like all Windows upgrades over the past few decades, most organizations tend to wait up to a year before performing large rollouts of a new version, a trend that appears to be holding despite the large pilots.

The officials noted that the company anticipates an even larger uptake of Windows 10 once a whole new crop of devices roll out later this year and new features are added through the Windows as a Service updates. Added integration to offerings such as Azure Rights Management is currently in the works. Enterprises are also quite enamored with the new biometric authentication feature called Windows Hello, which is aimed at replacing passwords.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 08/28/2015 at 6:12 PM


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