Windows 10 is already running on approximately 350 million devices around the world, according to Microsoft’s most recent figures, but with the free upgrade offer aimed at consumers coming to an end in 17 days, Redmond’s attention is moving to enterprises.

And according to a study recently conducted by Forrester Consulting after being commissioned by Microsoft itself, no less than 96 percent of the enterprises are currently piloting a move to Windows 10, which shows that the software giant is very likely to record a huge number of upgrades in the coming months.

Redmond estimated that approximately 1 billion devices would be running Windows 10 by 2017, and the switch performed by enterprises is playing a decisive role, especially because the consumer industry is expected to generate only half of that figure by the time the free upgrade offer comes to an end.

Enterprises also waiting for Anniversary Update

Using the study as living proof, Microsoft brags about Windows 10 and calls it the fastest-adopted Windows version ever, explaining that this recent research has shown that customers are very satisfied with the operating system.

“One customer found that deploying Windows 10 was quicker and easier by as much as 50% from their last operating system upgrade and overall IT administrators estimate a 15% improvement in IT management time with Windows 10 – valuable time back to help in other key IT areas,” Microsoft explained, adding that “employees, especially mobile workers, estimate they have 25% more time to get work done than they did before.”

Windows 10 will also get the Anniversary Update, one of the biggest packs of improvements since launch, on August 2, so many enterprises are waiting for this release to take place and then make a decision if the upgrade to the new OS is worth the investment or not.

The Anniversary Update comes with a plethora of improvements, starting with an overhauled desktop with a new Start menu, Cortana features, and Action Center, and ending with support for extensions in Microsoft Edge browser.

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