Report: Windows 10 Version 1809 Usage Doubles

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 with 10 Comments

The latest AdDuplex report shows that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has finally started rolling out in significant numbers. But its usage still lags dramatically behind that of its predecessors.

“Out of more than 100,000 [Windows 10] PCs surveyed, only 12.4 percent run the October 2018 Update,” the latest AdDuplex report notes. “While this number is almost double of what we’ve seen last month, it’s still far away from the dominating April 2018 Update.”

Windows 10 version 1803—which is acquired by installing the April 2018 Update, still commands over 80 percent usage share among Windows 10-based PCs, AdDuplex reports. This could lead to a strange situation in which a very large percentage of the user base jumps directly from Windows 10 version 1803 to version 1903 (19H1), since that latter release is expected in just 2-3 months.

“The October 2018 Update has been growing steadily [in usage] over the last couple of months, but it clearly needs to accelerate [deployment] in February or be scrapped altogether in favor of going straight to 19H1,” AdDuplex explains of this unique issue.

In related news, usage of all new Surface PC models has fallen month-over-month, which may be a first. For example, Surface Go is still the fourth most-popular Surface PC by usage, but it commands only 9 percent of the user base, down from over 12 percent in December. AdDuplex says this is related to a seasonal bump in December from the holidays, when new users are “setting them up and exploring new apps.” So this month’s look is likely a more accurate reflection of the user base.

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