With Windows 10, Microsoft wanted to bring every Windows user to the same platform. Now the opposite happens. Only 6.6% of Windows 10 PCs released the update for October 2018, three months after its release.
These figures are from AdDuplex, which tracks the Windows Update market share reported by Bleeping Computer. December 201
- 6.6% of Windows 10 PCs made the October 2018 update.
- 83.6% carried out the April 2018
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- Updated the Fall Creators Update
- 1.4% Performed the Anniversary Update
- 0.5% Performed the November Update
- 0.3% Performed the Original Windows 10 from
Theoretically, the October 2018 update is "widely used". In practice, Microsoft is not confident enough to roll it out on the vast majority of Windows 10 PCs. There are still a few "upgrade blocks" for various issues, including issues with certain Intel display drivers and older AMD Radeon GPUs.
Aside from the slow upgrade to the October 2018 update, a whopping 9.7% of Windows 10 users are even older than the April 2018 update. At least this is not as bad as Android's fragmentation problem.
Get ready for another update in three months!
Windows 10 is in a six-month release cycle. This means that the next release, codenamed 19H1, will take place in about three months. But Microsoft has upgraded only a small percentage of PCs to the latest software.
So what happens? Will Microsoft quickly bring this update to more PCs in the coming months? Will Microsoft skip the update for October 2018 and upgrade all to 19H1 directly? If so, how do we know that people will not have the same problems?
Maybe Microsoft should admit that the Windows development process is not working, and getting a big update every six months is a bad idea. Nobody else does that – not Google with Android and not Apple with iOS or macOS, all getting a big update each year.
Yes, that's important
Microsoft wanted all Windows users working on the same platform to make things easier, but it makes things more confusing. If you support someone who has a problem, you can not just ask him what version of Windows he is currently running. You also need to find out which Windows 10 update you are using.
Software developers can not rely only on Windows 10 users who have the latest software. Windows 10 October 2018 update includes real-time raytracing support with some new NVIDIA GPUs. However, NVIDIA and game developers can not count on their users installing this software. Users must go to great lengths to install the latest update that Microsoft may not consider as ready for their PCs.
Following is the sad thing: This is not a big deal since most software companies do not use this new Windows properties! Rather than appreciate the store and the new UWP platform, most software developers rely on proven Windows desktop software that can run on older Windows versions, such as Windows 7. In other words, the fragmentation of Windows does not matter as it's new features do not matter.
Actually, it does not matter if some exciting new features like the timeline are only available in the latest version of Windows 10. Developers do not use that anyway.
Heck, even Microsoft employees do not create apps that use Windows 10 features like Shared Experience. What's the point of these constant updates to use the features nobody needs?
The troubled Windows 10 upgrade process results in a less consistent platform. If Microsoft slowly released a stable update per year that was not packed with features (such as My People), Windows 10 would be a more stable platform, and developers could count on users with the latest software.
Windows 7 Windows 10 Can not Run Apps
Even if Windows 10 was able to run all Windows 10 users with the same software, the Windows platform is still fragmented because all new UWP (Store) applications are only under Windows 10 could be running. You must create one application for Windows 10 and another for Windows 7.
Is it any wonder that developers are not aboard and sticking to desktop applications that run on Windows 7?
Even worse is Windows 10 App platform is even different than in Windows 8! It's as if Microsoft is trying to make it as difficult for developers as possible.
Of course, this is not about disk fragmentation, which can slow down file access. There are more and more different versions of Windows that make things more complicated.
You do not have to defrag modern Windows systems. You defrag yourself automatically if you have a mechanical hard drive that requires it. At least the fragmentation of the hard disks has improved.
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