They’ve only been available for purchase for a few weeks, but Microsoft’s new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are already making a dent in the Windows 10 device usage charts.
As with previous months’ usage data, this month’s peek comes from AdDuplex, which 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.
New Surface Pro and Surface Laptop arrive with a bang. Though they shipped less than two weeks ago, the new Surface Pro (with 2.2 percent of usage) and Surface Laptop (with 0.4 percent) are already appearing in the Surface usage charts. Granted, these figures are still well below even the first (6.7 percent) and second generation (4.8 percent) Surface Pro devices. But they’re already ahead of the morbidly expensive Surface Studio (0.1 percent).
Yes, Surface Pro 4 still rules. Looking at the top of the Surface usage charts, we see Surface Pro 4 (43.7 percent of all Surface devices in use), Surface Pro 3 (22.6 percent), Surface 3, and Surface Book (7.2 percent) in the top four. And if you add up all Surface Pro devices, you get 80 percent. Toss in Surface 3 (arguably a low-end Pro) and you get 92.1 percent. Right: Over 90 percent of Surface devices in use are tablets.
Creators Update hits 35.7 percent. Creators Update usage has almost doubled month-over-month again, which I think speaks volumes to Microsoft’s new deployment strategy. It was at only 18 percent a month ago. (The Anniversary Update is still running on 58.3 percent of all Windows 10 devices.)
Surface Pro 3 is not getting the Creators Update very quickly. Looking just at Surface devices, AdDuplex sees a curious trend: Creators Update usage on Surface Pro 3 (22 percent) lags while behind the deployment on other Surface devices. One has to assume there is a driver-based issue there. But it’s odd that one of Microsoft’s own devices isn’t getting this update already.