The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now on almost all Windows 10 PCs, reaching 85 percent of machines, according to the latest numbers provided by AdDuplex.
One swallow doesn't make a summer, but the rollout of version 1709 suggests that Microsoft has found its rhythm for these updates. In response to a range of annoying problems around the deployment of version 1607, the company was very conservative with the release of version 1703. Microsoft uses a phased rollout scheme, initially pushing each update only to systems with hardware configurations known to be compatible and then expanding its availability to cover a greater and greater proportion of the Windows install base.
Version 1703 was only installed on around 75 percent of Windows 10 PCs when 1709 was released. 1709 has already passed that level, and we're still some weeks away from the release of 1803. Microsoft hasn't yet announced when that version will be released, but based on the releases of 1709 and 1703, we'd be very surprised to see it before around mid-April. The new version also doesn't yet have a name; we've hoped that Microsoft would just stick with version numbers (as the year-month version numbers are easy to understand and compare), but so far the company hasn't said anything on the matter.
At the other end of the age range, AdDuplex's numbers continue to suggest that a small group of users is, for some unfathomable reason, sticking with the original 1507 release of Windows 10 or its first update, 1511, at 0.5 percent and 1 percent, respectively. Both of these versions are now out of support, and both have unpatched flaws.
AdDuplex also tracks relative usage of the different Surface models. The new 2017 version of the Surface Pro is growing, now representing 13.3 percent of all Surfaces. The Surface Laptop, however, is at 1.9 percent of all Surfaces, more evidence that it just doesn't seem to be selling well.