Every month, AdDuplex, a company that provides ad services for some 5,000 Windows Store apps, releases a breakdown of Windows 10 users. While the data is by definition incomplete (only Windows 10 machines running AdDuplex powered apps are counted), it has still given us a consistent peek into how Windows 10 is being deployed around the world. Today, the latest report is out, and it's showing that while use of the latest version of Windows (1903) is growing, there's still a long way to go:
The latest numbers show a small but growing use of the latest Windows 10 version (1903) at 6.3%, gaining about 5% over last month, and increased, though still disappointing use of Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809). 88% of AdDuplex users are on either 1803 or 1809, with 1803 usage at 58% and 1809 at 30%. As the report notes, "...this is, probably, not a good sign as we've seen how this ended (just over 30% install base before the next release went out)."
As you can see by the chart from AdDuplex, the last two versions of Windows 10 have gotten off to much slower starts than earlier versions. For 1809, which was initially delayed due to a rare but damaging bug, users may have been spooked, sticking with 1803, but there haven't been many "must have" improvements in the last few updates either. As AdDuplex notes, developers may have to support three versions of Windows 10, at least for now, but as the versions are largely the same, that shouldn't pose too large of a burden.
Do you rush to update to the latest Windows 10 version? Are you on 1903 now? Let us know in the comments below