Windows 10 Version 1909 Nears 30 Percent Usage

Posted on March 26, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 with 10 Comments

The latest AdDuplex report has some interesting news for Windows fans. But what it doesn’t say is really bad news for Surface fans.

“[Windows 10 version 1909] has grown at a steady pace over the last few months,” the latest AdDuplex report, which uses data from over 100,000 surveyed PCs, notes. “One interesting tidbit is that usage of all old versions of Windows 10 increased a bit since last month. This is likely due to the fact that people in self-isolation are using unusual PCs that weren’t kept up-to-date.”

This month, Windows 10 version 1909 hit 28.2 percent usage, compared to 22.6 percent in February, a gain of 5.6 percentage points. That’s a bit of a slowdown over the previous month’s growth; Windows 10 version 1909 usage was 15.2 percent in January.

Still, it’s a big milestone. As AdDuplex adds, “Windows 10 [version 1909] is now on more than a quarter of [Windows 10-based] PCs worldwide.”

Left unstated, however, is the firm’s usual Surface usage survey. As you may recall, AdDuplex last reported on Surface usage in January, and only Surface Pro 7 had seen an appreciable uptick in usage among the three new models Microsoft launched in November. Meanwhile, Surface Laptop 3 accounted for just 1.5 percent of usage and Surface Pro X was an even bigger non-event with about .5 percent usage.

This month, AdDuplex declined to report on Surface usage because the numbers basically haven’t changed since January. That’s bad news for anyone hoping that Surface would see a renaissance of sorts from sales of its newest devices.

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10 responses to “Windows 10 Version 1909 Nears 30 Percent Usage”

  1. crp0908

    Meanwhile, Surface Laptop 2 accounted for just 2 percent of usage.

    Should the above statement read Surface Laptop 3?

    Surface Pro X was an even bigger non-event with about .5 percent usage.

    This small percentage for Surface Pro X should not be a surprise. There are at least two factors preventing Surface Pro X from greater adoption.

    1) Compatibility unknowns and concerns

    2) It's too expensive.

    These two factors reinforce each-other. Take one of them away, and a Surface Pro X or its successor would have a much greater appeal compared to the niche appeal it has now.

  2. wright_is

    Also, don't forget that 1909 is essentially 1903 SP2, so a lot of people aren't updating. We have around 60% on 1909, but we are leaving the 1903 PCs on 1903 at the moment and getting the stragglers from 1709 - 1809 onto 1909 first.

    • justme

      In reply to wright_is:

      Yes, I had the same thought - 1909 and 1903 are extremely close. Though I do have to wonder if (apart from whatever IT policy a company may have) if there is an issue preventing some people from upgrading- even if that issue is nothing more than unfounded "fear".

  3. Intara

    Was not the purpose of these forced updates that ideally all Windows 10 users would have the same Windows 10 version (or would have to buy new hardware)? Seems to work really great.

    • Winner

      In reply to Intara:

      Exactly the question that came to my mind. Why such a slow uptake if the updates are automatic? Is that because we're including corporations who can defer updates?

      If so, then it seems Microsoft's intent to have Windows 10 always up to date is a failure.

      • codymesh

        In reply to Winner:

        The update from 1903 to 1909 is NOT automatic. Microsoft has backed off forcing major windows version updates.

        • epguy40

          In reply to codymesh:

          while updating from 1903 to 1909 is not automatic, updating from a very old Win10 version like 1803, 1709 to something like 1903/1909 may be automatic if the old Win10 version installed has reached EOL.

    • red77star

      In reply to Intara:

      Yup. Their model does not work and it needs to be changed and what they really should do is to halt any Windows 10 update for a year until they get all machines to the same version, and then unplug support for older versions and introduce a new way of updating Windows 10.

      I think it is about time to say goodbye to Windows 10 and start working on a new OS at this point. In mean time just do security updates on Windows 10. There is lot of lessons learned from Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 for Microsoft to make a perfect OS.

      Speaking of Surface devices, it has no future. There are plenty and cheaper options. Somehow in all this craziness the market is saturating around 2 + 1 devices. PC Desktop + Smart Phone, Optional Console. On the other side of coin you have Laptops instead of PC Desktops mostly businesses are interested in. In all this craziness Surface devices have no place.