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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