Windows 10 Device Usage: February

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 34 Comments

Windows 10 Device Usage: February

A new report from AdDuplex examines the relative popularity of PC makers, Surface devices, OS versions, and more.

As you may recall, AdDuplex 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.

HP is the most popular Windows 10 PC maker by far. And rightfully so, as it makes the best Windows 10 PCs. HP controls 24 percent of this market, compared to 14 percent for number two Dell and 12 percent for Lenovo. Microsoft, by the way, is at 7, with just 2.5 percent. (To be clear, this is usage, not market share, which is sales.)

Windows 10 users have now moved to the Anniversary Update. After a troubled and prolonged launch period, the Anniversary Update is the most-often-used Windows 10 version, with over 90 percent share. The other versions—and Insider versions—barely even register.

Screen resolutions. This one is interesting: This month, AdDuplex looked at the most commonly-used screen resolutions on Windows 10 PCs. By far, 1366 x 768 is the biggest, with 33.3 percent of all usage, followed by 1920 x 1080 (21 percent), 1600 x 900 (7.8) and then a bunch of barely-used resolutions.

Surface Pro 4 dominates Surface usage. Surface Pro 4 accounts for 40 percent of all Surface device usage, followed by Surface Pro 3 (27 percent), Surface 3 (14.2 percent), and then Surface Pro 1 (7.3 percent). Where’s Surface Book? In 5th place, with 6.3 percent. And if you add this all up, all Pro models combined account for over 80 percent of all Surface usage. (Surface Studio is a non-event at 0.1 percent.)

Interesting stuff as always.


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