AdDuplex has released stats for the month ending in August, and the focus this month is on Windows PCs and the Creators Update.
As you know, Microsoft earlier opened the floodgates for the Creators update this month, so users all over the world were now being prompted to update to Windows 10 version 1703. However, it hasn’t been enough. AdDuplex states that the cadence of updates has slowed down in comparison to the Anniversary Update. While I couldn’t find any AdDuplex stats for January 2017, a glance reveals that February 2017 (7 months after the release of the Anniversary Update) 90% of users were running Windows 10 version 1607. Unless there is a massive rush of updates between now and September, there is a looming possibility that Windows 10 versions are going to get increasingly more fragmented.
On the bright side, deployment of the Creators Update on the Surface line has shot up rapidly due to the Surface Pro 3 which was previously not being offered the Creators Update. Now, over 60% of Surface Pro 3 devices are running 1703, pushing Microsoft to the 3 OEMs whose PCs have crossed the 70% mark in terms of C.U. deployment alongside MSI and Dell.
Finally, the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro have seen increases in usage share — as has the Surface Pro 4. While the Pro has seen more uptick in share due to its brand recognition, the Laptop isn’t far behind. Microsoft’s new Surfaces are excellent PCs, and barring any unknown software/hardware/firmware issues thus far, should help boost the cachet of the Surface line even more.