The next feature update of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, is just weeks away. It appears though however that over 35% of Windows 10 devices are not running the last feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update.
AdDuplex, a cross-application advertisement provider for Windows Store applications publishes monthly accumulated information based on data collected from about 5000 Windows Store applications.
According to the released data, the Windows 10 Creators Update version was installed on 65.6% of all devices in August 2017. About 30.1% of all devices are still on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version, 2.8% on the Windows 10 November Update version, 0.9% on Windows 10 RTM, and about the same percentage on Windows 10 Insider builds.
Devices with the Windows 10 Creators Update version rose by about 15% compared to July 2017. Microsoft limited the availability of the Creators Update in Windows Update, and lifted the restriction in that time period.
AdDuplex notes that the upgrade cadence is lagging behind that of the previous Anniversary Update edition.
Filtered by manufacturers, the situation looks similar across all major manufacturers. Only Dell, MSI and Microsoft manufactured devices have crossed the 70% mark while HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony devices have a share between high 50% and high 60%.
While it is possible that another good chunk of devices will get updated to the Creators Update edition of Windows 10 in the coming weeks, it looks as if the Windows 10 landscape will get more fragmented with the release.
If Microsoft plans to use the same strategy for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout, things will get more fragmented at least for a short period of time.
We reported earlier this year that some Windows 10 devices are stuck on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version due to hardware incompatibilities with the Creators Update version and future versions.
Users started to receive the error message Windows 10 is no longer supported on this device when they tried to update the device to the Creators Update version of Windows 10. This affected devices with certain Intel chipsets (Clover Trail-based), and meant that users were stuck on the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10.
Microsoft acknowledged the issue back in July and revealed that it would support these devices with security updates until 2023. This means that these devices will run the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for the next 6 years as they cannot be updated to new feature releases of Windows 10. It is unclear how many devices are stuck on the Anniversary Update edition.
Windows users and administrators may run manual check for updates to install the Creators Update version on the device (provided that it is supported).
While Microsoft will limit the availability of the Fall Creators Update as it has done in the past with other updates, users who want to upgrade devices to the new version can do so right away without having to wait for Windows Update to pick up the update automatically (which can take months).
Microsoft supports any version of Windows 10 for 18 months after which support for it is dropped.
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