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Universally Virtual: Windows 10 and Virtualization in UK Universities

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Software2 and Kingston University London have paired up in a recent survey to see how universities in the UK are doing with Windows 10 and virtualization.

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Universally Virtual: Application Virtualization in UK universities
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Universally Virtual looks at 47 universities in total, with an average of 2,890 computers for their staff and students, with 33 universities opting for virtualized desktops over VDI.

“We’re moving as much as we can to Cloudpaging. Some apps virtualize faster on Windows 10!”

Internet Explorer also turned out to be the most popular browser for universities, with Firefox coming in last place. Edge looks to be growing in popularity, overtaking Chrome with double the number of universities using it.

It’s common for universities to be overrun with apps these days, with 40% of universities in the study having up to 250 applications. 35% of universities have up to 500 apps, with 20% up to 750, and an astonishing 5% having up to 1500 applications.

Additionally, universities still seem to have a large number of apps in their base image. It shows that 36% have fewer than 9 apps in their base image, with another 36% having between 10 and 24. 11% have up to 99 apps in their base image, and 17% have up to 250.

Virtualization is becoming incredibly popular in UK universities, and they are working hard to be the leading charge. 25 universities surveyed said they were up to 20% through their application virtualization process, followed by 6 who are up to 40%, 9 up to 60%, and 7 up to 80%.

Who’s the popular kid at school? The universities surveyed showed to favour AppsAnywhere and Cloudpaging for their virtualization technology. Closely followed is Microsoft’s App-V with 16 universities, then VMware ThinApp with 4, and 5 universities using other technology.

We’re going to start working on a Windows 10 staff desktop after the summer, once we’ve implemented AppsAnywhere.

So how far are the surveyed universities into their Windows 10 rollout?

Results show a majority of universities are under 20% of the way through their rollout, with 6 universities up to 80% complete. An astonishing 10 universities have said they are nearly completely there, and they seem excited to see the new system working everywhere.

A large percent of universities said they were not planning on joining their Windows 10 with Microsoft Azure AD (60%). 9% said they have already joined their services, with 21% saying they plan to, and 10% remaining unsure.

Finally, we asked how they felt about their new Windows 10 experience. 75% of universities surveyed said they were ultimately pleased with the service and happy with the results, and 25% seem indifferent to the update. This means that none of the universities we surveyed are unhappy or disappointed so far with Windows 10, and have even gone as far to say...

Of all the Windows OS upgrades over the years, this has been by far the easiest and best-supported.

We would like to personally thank Dan Bolton from Kingston University London for his hard work on this survey, and we’d like to thank the 47 universities who took part. We're excited for the progress universities in the UK have made in application virtualization, and we look forward to seeing your improvements in the coming years.