Microsoft has scored its biggest customer yet, which will see its Windows 10 operating system installed on millions of computer over 2016. The company has announced that the US secretary of Defense has ordered the Pentagon to upgrade its 4 million PC to Windows 10 over the next twelve months, CNN Money reports. The aggressive upgrade strategy – which signals a huge vote of confidence in the security of Windows 10 and its integrated Windows Hello user ID system – will mean 16,000 installs a day.
“Microsoft can now go to its customers and say that if the Pentagon can upgrade all of its PCs to Windows 10 within a year, what’s stopping your company from upgrading?” Bob O’Donnell, Microsoft analyst at TECHnalysis Research, said.
“I see this as a best proof point for Microsoft showing that Windows 10 is certainly more secure than its predecessor and stable enough to be rolled out to millions of people,” said Pat Moorhead, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.
The systems to be upgraded by the Pentagon include computers on submarines, aeroplanes, and battlefield deployments.
According to Terry Halvorsen, chief information officer for the Pentagon, the DoD needs to “deploy innovation faster to ensure systems are more secure, more efficient and cost-effective, and standardized on one platform.”