Windows 11 Usage Stagnates in Latest AdDuplex Report

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.

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  • iAlrakis

    Premium Member
    30 March, 2022 - 3:06 pm

    <p>Doesn’t really come as a surprise I guess. A couple of days my son moved back to W10 for the 3rd time because some apps still don’t work properly on W11.</p><p>Not sure which apps exactly but he’s really into recent games and everything that lives around games like Discord etc so not exactly exotic stuff.</p><p>I suspect it’s not MS’s fault but still, it’s not another W11 laptop for the stats.</p>

  • dftf

    30 March, 2022 - 3:19 pm

    <p><em>"[Windows 11 is] currently sitting at 19.4%"</em></p><p><br></p><p>That’s likely still more-marketshare than either <em>Windows Vista </em>or <em>Windows 8</em> each likely managed in their respective lifetimes!</p>

  • dftf

    30 March, 2022 - 3:23 pm

    <p>Also, I wonder for the "Windows 10 O18U and older" stat, of 2.4%, does that mean "only versions of <em>Windows 10</em> that are <em>Version 1809</em> or older", or does that stat also still include <em>Windows 8.x </em>and <em>Windows 7 </em>devices? If the latter, impressive that both are now-down to such a low number, given how-long after retirement <em>XP </em>lingered-around for!</p>

    • jhoersch

      Premium Member
      30 March, 2022 - 7:45 pm

      <p>The page says it’s "Windows 10, 11 OS Worldwide" so I would assume it doesn’t include 8.x. It definitely doesn’t include Windows 7 because there is no running store apps on Windows 7.</p>

  • anderb

    Premium Member
    31 March, 2022 - 3:09 pm

    <p>Time to start tricking people into installing it.</p>

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