Fall Creators Update Surges to 85 Percent Usage Share

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 with 16 Comments

Fall Creators Update Surges to 85 Percent Usage Share

AdDuplex this week is reporting that the Fall Creators Update is now installed on fully 85 percent of all Windows 10 PCs in use. It appears that Microsoft’s goal of moving the user base forward to the latest version is happening.

As you may know, AdDuplex is the largest cross-promotion network for Windows apps, and the firm empowers developers and publishers to promote their apps for free by helping each other. This month, the firm again looks at the Fall Creators Update deployment rate.

“Two months ago, the Fall Creators Update jumped up by 30 percent, last month by about 20 percent, and now it added another 10 percent [of percentage growth],” AdDuplex notes in its latest report. “The growth is obviously slowing down as the next update is imminent.”

As I wrote previously, deployment of the Fall Creators Update has been very rapid when compared to previous feature updates. It hit 5 percent of all Windows 10 PCs within one week, was at 20 percent after just one month, and sailed past 50 percent after two months. And last month, it attained almost 75 percent usage.

Today, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update usage stands at an incredible 85 percent.

As always, AdDuplex also looks at some other interesting related data points. These include:

Country-by-country usage share. “In some countries (Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, etc.) the Fall Creators Update has over 90% [usage] share,” AdDuplex claims. “In other countries (China, India, and others) it’s still in the 60 percent range. But the majority is around the global 85 percent mark.”

Surface PC usage share. “The new Surface Pro continues to grow and is now third [by usage], while Surface Laptop is still stuck at 2 percent and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.” I continue to be amazed at how poorly Surface Laptop has performed. Could this be a Windows 10 S curse?

 

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20 responses to “Fall Creators Update Surges to 85 Percent Usage Share”

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    Patrick3D

    I was just working on an employee laptop yesterday that the user was complaining had slowed down significantly. Turns out it was stuck trying to download the Fall Creator's update. Ended up needing to use the Update Assistant tool from Microsoft, 3 hours later it was finally on the latest version. I would assume there are other systems out there in a similar predicament that would be on the latest update if the update system was more robust at repairing itself.

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    JCerna

    For enterprise not in long-term servicing branch this update was just pushed to all machines. So it makes since ita getting a big jump. We have one issue in our updating because it disabled group policy setting we had to allow non password guest access to network resources. Since there was no way to stop just pospone update for a few days, we told users to postpone until we could come up with a remote fix. I still wish Microsoft had a insider type program just for educational and enterprise users. We seem to be in the minority on insider and yet we deal with most problems with windows.

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    Bart

    Not sure if Windows 10 S is the problem. I would have bought a Surface Laptop if only it had modern standards, like USB c/thunderbolt etc. Still miffed Microsoft when with old school USB ports

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    Brazbit

    Windows 10S is far from the Surface Laptop's biggest issue. Most potential customers probably write it off long before they even begin to look into what the S means.

    It is a slow, expensive laptop. It has active pen support but is not a 2 in 1 nor does the screen even lay flat making this an impractical to use added expense. It has fabric glued to the most dirt, oil, stain prone areas of the device. It isn't upgradable so you are forced to pay ridiculously high premiums for decent specs, with no hope of bumping them up later in the device's life span. It has limited ports compared to non-fruit branded devices which while annoying on a tablet is inexcusable for a laptop. It's deceptively heavy for its size. Just to name a few.


    Plus, if you want to get petty, the colors make it look more like a budget laptop (HP Stream) from a distance and not a $2000.00 premium device.


    Windows 10 S is just another nail in the coffin when people learn about it.


    Microsoft can use the aspirational and industry guiding device excuse for the original Surface devices, it works fine for the Studio and even the Hub as well. It pushed those definitions for the Book but the discreet graphics and unique approach to the detachable tablet let it squeak in under the bar. But the industry already makes laptops well. Much better than the Surface Laptop that's for sure.

    The Surface Laptop is a device that should simply not exist. It is one device that I am glad to see them struggle with. I wish Microsoft nothing but the best in most of their endeavors. But not this one.

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    davidblouin

    Correct me if i'm wrong but AdDuplex collect this data from their ads that appear on UWP app, but according to everyone here, no one has ever use a UWP app.


    So how relevent is this data, really ?

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    MattHewitt

    I wonder if this data is really that accurate in the real world. I would think most Enterprise system administrators would just disable the Windows Store company-wide if they don't think their employees would see any benefit from it. And if this only counts ads run against UWP apps, this isn't really an accurate usage share for consumer and enterprise, just consumer.


    So maybe Windows 10 Fall Creators Update usage stands at 85 percent in the consumer space, but not the overall space. There could be hundreds of thousands or millions of enterprise PCs that are on a previous release that are not being counted because these types of users either can't download and install a UWP app or have no reason to.


    I doubt the U.S. Department of Defense or Accenture employees are downloading Windows store apps to their PCs. And I bet a large number of these PCs are not running Fall Creators Update.

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