October 2018 Update now on just over 6 percent of Windows 10 PCs, AdDuplex says
Though it's still in the single digits, the October 2018 Update doubled its share of Windows 10 PCs over last month.
The slow and steady rollout for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update appears to be keeping pace, according to the latest report from AdDuplex. The firm's December report pegs Microsoft's latest feature update at just 6.6 percent of Windows 10 PCs, more than doubling its share over November's numbers, but still remaining in the single digits.
The clear leader remains the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, which comes in at 83.6 percent, while the Fall Creators Update takes the third spot with a 5.7 percent share. Rounding things out are the Creators Update at 1.8 percent, the Anniversary Update at 1.4 percent, and Windows 10 version 1511 at 0.5 percent.
It's not entirely surprising that the October 2018 Update has continued to head out to Windows 10 users at a relatively glacial pace compared to other feature updates. The update experienced its share of issues, initially having to be pulled after a serious file deletion bug was found following its first rollout. Microsoft began pushing the update out once again in November before making it open to everyone who manually checks Windows Update earlier this month. That said, a few upgrade blocks remain in place, slowing the rollout further.
While the October 2018 Update is experiencing a slow roll, AdDuplex had some interesting things to report for Microsoft's latest Surface devices. While the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro (2017) still make up the majority share of Surface devices in the wild, the Surface Go and Surface Pro 6 have taken fourth and fifth place at 12.3 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively. The Surface Laptop 2 is still trailing by a significant margin at 1.2 percent.
As always, it's worth remembering that AdDuplex's numbers are based on a collection of about 5,000 Microsoft Store apps that use its SDK. Real-world numbers likely differ, but the firm's monthly reports are a useful guage for marking trends.
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