The latest AdDuplex report for March 2022 reveals that the growth of Windows 11’s usage share has slowed down dramatically. It’s currently sitting at 19.4%, which is a 0.1% point difference compared to last month’s report.
There are more significant changes to observe on the Windows 10 slices of the pie, though: Windows 10 version 21H2 is now at 28.5% (up from 21% last month), and it remains the most popular version of the OS. Closing the podium, Windows 10 version 21H1 went from 26.5% to 27.5% in a month while Windows 10 version 20H2 went from 17.9% to 10.8% in the same timeframe.
AdDuplex’s report is based on data collected from around 5,000 Windows Store apps using the company’s SDK, so it’s always good to keep in mind that it may not be the most accurate picture of the Windows ecosystem. According to Microsoft, there are now over 1.4 billion devices running Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Back in January, the software giant announced that the upgrade offer to Windows 11 was “entering its final phase of availability,” and that Windows 10 users were “upgrading their eligible PCs at twice the rate we saw for Windows 10.” However, AdDuplex’s latest stats show that Windows 11 adoption has really slowed down to a crawl this month.
Windows 11 was officially released in October, and the majority of Windows enthusiasts interested in the latest version of Windows are probably already running it on their PC. Windows 11 has much stricter minimum hardware requirements than Windows 10, and that probably left many users on the sidelines, though. Most organizations may also stick with a ‘wait and see’ approach, especially since Windows 10 will be supported until 2025.
This month’s AdDuplex report is a pretty strange one, and it will be interesting to see how things evolve in April. Microsoft may also announce some Windows 11 news next week on April 5 during a hybrid work event featuring Panos Panay.