October 2018 Update now on just over 6 percent of Windows 10 PCs, AdDuplex says

Surface Laptop 2
Surface Laptop 2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

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.

AdDuplex December 2018

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 (opens in new tab), 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.

AdDuplex December 2018 Surface

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.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

2 Comments
  • Yeah, it's a more native, smoother, slightly zippier experience overall (at least on my relatively slow ultrabook hardware). One problem is that after a day or so docked, Action Center gets stuck and I have to restart to get it working again. This may not be the Oct release but a previous bug that I only noticed over the holidays (because my Surface Pro was docked so long).
  • Works fine on several laptops and tablets, after the 3rd or 4th try on a couple. I had the gall to own an HP and an original SurfaceBook, you see. Have Win Pro OS on the desktop with the Update options pushed far out cuz it's gonna be a cold day when I let another OS upgrade from MS brick it like it did a year ago, though. No particular reason is actually visible for why I cared about getting it.