Microsoft has been touting its Windows 10 upgrade numbers claiming that over 500 million people have taken the operating system for a spin. The fact that 500 million people have upgraded to Windows 10 is, in context, rather impressive because it's primarily not taking into consideration Microsoft's core user base.
Over the next couple of years, Microsoft should see its Windows 10 upgrade numbers increase as its core user base of enterprise workers begin to roll out the operating system to offices.
Helping Microsoft's push of Windows 10 into the enterprise sector is Accenture, the global management consulting and professional services firm.
Announced today, Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up to deliver Window 10 to 400,000 of its employees over the next couple of years.
For Accenture, the transition will probably smoother than most as the company has been a relatively long time customer of Microsoft services including the use of Office 365 and hosting "the biggest OneDrive in the world with over 6 Peta-bites." Accenture, perhaps like many, has also been testing Windows deployment over some time dating back to September 2015 where the business first began running application compatibility of Windows 10.
As we noted yesterday, Microsoft is trying out a new upgrade targeting framework for Windows 10 for Insiders. However, for businesses, upgrade methods are a bit more robust and both Microsoft and Accenture have found them to be integral in helping the company move to Windows 10.
The In-Place Upgrade Tool played a key part in supporting deployments at pace and scale. The best part is the tool eliminated the need to come into an Accenture office to have an IT person perform the upgrade. Employees could make the upgrade wherever and whenever.
Going forward, the stories tied to Microsoft's increasing market share numbers for Windows 10 may not be as headline-grabbing as the leaps and bounds found when consumers upgraded for free, but they'll be just as if not more important when the OS starts showing up in offices.