Creators Update Rollout Still Trails That of its Predecessor

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 28 Comments

The latest data from AdDuplex shows that the Creators Update is now on 72.5 percent of Windows 10 PCs. But that’s still shy of the 91.2 percent figure from the Anniversary Update after the same time period.

As you may recall, AdDuplex is the largest cross-promotion network for Windows apps. The company 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 gains again. As you might expect, the Creators Update saw another nice monthly gain, in this case of 7.5 percent over August. But as noted, its 72.5 percent usage share of all Windows 10 versions still falls short of Anniversary Update usage after the same amount of time had elapsed in 2016. And Anniversary Update usage remains pretty high, at 23.2 percent, given that the next update is less than a month away.

Creators Update usage varies by country. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Creators Update deployment varies by country. In the US, for example, it has hit 77.6 percent of Windows 10 PCs. But the Creators Update is running on 81.8 percent of PCs in Denmark, 85.7 percent of PCs in Zambia, and 79.5 percent in Iceland. In other countries, we see the reverse, with several still under 50 percent.

Top PC makers list is unchanged. HP remains the number one maker of Windows 10 PCs in use, with 25.2 percent usage share. Dell (16.1 percent), Lenovo (12.4), ASUS (9) and Acer (8.8) round out the top five. Microsoft is in 8th place with 2.8 percent usage share. (That’s about 14 million Surface PCs running Windows 10.)

Surface Laptop lags behind new Surface Pro. Contrary to my opinion about the Surface Laptop, it is being outsold handily by the new Surface Pro. Worldwide, 5.8 percent of Surface devices are the new Surface Pro, compared to just 1.7 percent for Surface Laptop. The US figures are similar: 4.4 percent for the new Surface Pro vs. 1.4 percent for Surface Laptop.


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