Windows 10 Device Usage: Creators Update Deployment is Already Strong

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 15 Comments

Windows 10 Device Usage: Creators Update Deployment is Already Strong

This month, AdDuplex looks at Windows 10 device usage related to the recently-released Creators Update. And as I had suspected, it’s going much better than the previous release.

As you may recall, AdDuplex bills itself as the largest cross-promotion network for Windows apps. AdDuplex empowers developers and publishers to promote their apps for free by helping each other. And each month it provides a glimpse at which Windows devices people are actually using.

Here’s what we see this month.

Creators Update deployment is strong. Just two weeks after Microsoft released the Creators Update into the wild, almost 10 percent of Windows 10 PCs in use have already upgraded. AdDuplex notes that this is “more or less similar” to Anniversary Update deployment during the same time frame, but given Microsoft’s newly conservative policies, this number is, I think, a big improvement. Plus, the Anniversary Update eventually succumbed to reliability issues, slowing deployment.

Creators Update is rolling out most quickly on Microsoft hardware. No surprise here, but Microsoft’s own hardware is getting the Creators Update at a faster clip than other PC makers: Over 20 percent of Surface devices have already upgraded. Comparatively, Lenovo, Dell, and HP are all under 10 percent right now.

Creators Update is rolling out most quickly on the most recent Surface devices Looking just at Surface, it is likewise no surprise that the most recent devices—Surface Studio, Surface Book and Surface Pro 4—are being upgraded the most quickly as well. Over 29 percent of Surface Books are on Creators Update, as are over 24 percent of Surface Pro 4 devices.

Interesting stuff, as always. And when you tie this to the absolute lack of Creators Update horror stories, it appears that Microsoft may have gotten past the issues that dogged it last year. Which is great for all of us.


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