Windows 10 Version 1809, Surface Go See December Gains

Posted on December 28, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 with 14 Comments

Usage of Windows 10 version 1809 doubled this past month, but it continues to be deployed very slowly. So far, only 6.6 percent of Windows 10 PCs worldwide are running this latest version of the operating system.

“[The] Windows 10 October 2018 Update has more than doubled its share since last month,” the latest AdDuplex usage report explains. “It is still in single digits and pales in comparison to that of [the Windows 10] April [2018] Update.”

Microsoft’s previous release still commands 83.6 percent usage share, which is down quite a bit from what I now assume will be its all-time high of 89.5 percent, from last month. Meanwhile, version 1809 usage has jumped from just 2.8 percent in November to 6.6 percent this month. So as AdDuplex notes, this version will still command single-digit usage share heading into 2019.

As you may recall, the October 2018 Update—which upgrades Windows 10 to version 1809—has had a rocky history so far, with the initial release aborted after multiple problems were quickly (re)discovered after its public launch. Microsoft spent a glacial month fixing those problems and finally re-released the feature update in early November. But it is now rolling it out to users far more slowly than it had with previous releases, for obvious reasons.

“[Windows 10 version 1809] is unique throughout the history of Windows 10 updates,” AdDuplex notes. “While previous updates inevitably shoot up after a month or two on the market, [the October 2018 Update] is still lingering near the zero axis on the chart.”

In other news, AdDuplex also reports that Surface Go and Surface Pro 6 usage continue to skyrocket. Surface Go has surged into 4th place on the Surface PC usage chart, with 12.3 percent usage, up from 7.25 percent last month. And Surface Pro 6 has jumped from 7th place to 5th, with 7.76 percent usage share, up from 5.15 percent a month ago.

Both PCs have surpassed the overall usage of Surface 3, which I would argue puts them in the “hit” category. (Surface Pro 6 usage also leapfrogged that of Surface Book this month.) Only Surface Pro 4 (22 percent usage), Surface Pro (2017, 17 percent), and Surface Pro 3 (14 percent) are used more often by Surface customers. It is, of course, notable that the top 6 most-often-used Surface PCs are Surface Pro-type form factors.

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14 responses to “Windows 10 Version 1809, Surface Go See December Gains”

  1. dcdevito

    I restored my 1803 system image on my custom PC, 1809 gave me performance issues. Hopefully they get sorted out soon

    • christian.hvid

      In reply to dcdevito:

      My impression is that Microsoft is "semi-cancelling" 1809 by slowing down the rollout as much as possible. The 19H1 release is just a couple of months away, and there's no way for 1809 to reach a sizable share before being superseded. Also, I'm almost certain that 19H1 will mark the beginning of a new, annual release cadence.

  2. MikeCerm

    If you're looking for a traditional laptop, there are better, just-as-good, or way cheaper (but still fine for basic needs) options than the Surface Laptop or Book. If you're looking for a Surface Pro type device, there's nothing with a better combination of keyboard, battery life, hinge design, screen, etc., and price.

    I still can't get OneDrive to sync on 1809, so I'm avoiding it as long as I can. It's the first "feature" update I've ever had a problem with, personally. I usually install on all my machines the day the ISOs drop, and this is the first time I've had to roll back all my systems after having the same problem with OneDrive on all of them.

    • dexman335

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      What is the make and model of the computer? All five of the Surface devices I maintain are running 1809 and aren't exhibiting any sync issues with OneDrive.

    • remc86007

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      I agree with you about the Surface Pro. I think there are two reasons the Surface Laptop isn't selling better: (1) Microsoft seems to spend very little money marketing it, and (2) I have anecdotally heard from several people who went on to buy other devices that the reason they didn't get the Surface Laptop is because of the Alcantera Keyboard.

      I'd argue there is no better device than the Surface Book for a mobile professional with relatively high system requirements, but I believe that that is a relatively niche group to begin with, and the price to get a SB2 with a workable amount of storage for those types of workers is quite high.

      I have personally used my base model first gen Surface Book for my legal work since it launched. It is a perfect device for me. The battery life still exceeds 12hrs, it looks professional, the screen and keyboard are some of the best on the market and I love having the CPU in the screen so I can use it on my lap without feeling any heat.

  3. SilentHero117

    Not surprised to see the Surface Pro models being among the most popular as this is how consumer perceive the brand. As good as the Surface Laptops (which I prefer) are, they're not "Surface" in the mind of consumers.

  4. atlantapaul

    I updated my Dell XPS laptop about one week ago. So far, so good.

  5. MutualCore

    You mean the Surface Blow?

  6. skane2600

    The important thing isn't how well a Surface device is doing relative to another Surface device, but rather how it is doing compared with its real competition from other companies.

  7. Sihaz

    I clean installed it on my ageing but still trusty surface pro 2 and it's working fine except that my 18 month old hp printer will not work with it. Driver incompatibility. Hopefully hp will sort it but it's a pita at the moment!

  8. lordbaal1

    How does ad duplex get these numbers?

  9. bleeman

    I purchased a new Surface Studio 2 a week ago and it didn't come with 1809. It finally showed up for download last night. Installed without a hitch and it has been running fine. My Surface Pro (2017) and Surface Go have been running 1809 for awhile now with no issues.

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