[Whitepaper] Desktop & App Virtualization Makes Migrating to Windows 10 a Breeze

Sep 18, 2017
Nina Seth


Nina Seth is a senior product marketing manager for VMware EUC. Nina holds a Master of Business Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Davis.

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The deadline to migrate to Windows 10 is fast approaching, with extended support for Windows 7 ending in January 2020. Luckily, the majority of enterprises already started piloting Windows 10 and plan to migrate to the latest Microsoft operating system (OS) in the next year.

According to a survey conducted by Adaptiva, almost half (46%) of respondents indicated that they have migrated 10% of devices. And 41% said they would migrate over 50% of their company’s systems in the next year.


For enterprises, Windows 10 upgrades take thousands of hours.

A clear takeaway from the survey is that nearly every organization is moving to Windows 10, but planning and preparation are taking much longer. More than 50% thought it would be anywhere between four and 12 months before they would even be ready to migrate to Windows 10. Furthermore, once they were ready, 22% said it would take 7–12 months, while 37% said it would take over a year to migrate their entire organization to Windows 10. And the kicker is that respondents thought it would take their IT staff nearly 2–4 hours to upgrade each and every computer, which for a large enterprise could mean spending thousands of man hours on an OS upgrade.


While organizations clearly embrace Microsoft’s next-generation OS, organizations also know that these upgrades can be costly, time-consuming to implement and even disruptive at times. But there is a better way.

Desktop and application virtualization with VMware Horizon and VMware Horizon Cloud provide organizations with an opportunity to improve manageability, security and scalability, as well as reduce costs during their Windows 10 migration.

  • Streamlined Management: With virtualization, instead of managing hundreds or even thousands of images, IT can use one base image.
  • Data Security: With virtualization, data is stored in the data center rather than on hundreds or even thousands of endpoints.
  • Scalability: With virtualization, IT can deploy Windows 10 to hundreds and even thousands of end users in a matter of hours. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) also simplifies Windows management, since IT only needs to manage with one gold image.
  • Lower Costs: With virtualization, organizations can utilize thin clients and zero clients, as well as extend hardware refresh cycles.

Click here to read the whitepaper.

For complete details on how VMware desktop and application virtualization solutions can help your organization with Windows 10 migration, check out our latest whitepaper, “Simplify Your Windows 10 Migration with Desktop and Application Virtualization.”

For detailed information on Adaptiva’s 2017 Windows 10 Enterprise Impact Survey, click here


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