With Windows 10, Microsoft wanted all Windows users on the same platform. Now the opposite happens. Only 6.6% of Windows 10 computers have the October 2018 update over three months after it was released.
These numbers are licensed by AdDuplex, which tracks Windows Update market share, as Bleeping Computer discovered. In December 2018:
- 6.6% of Windows 10 computers ran the update October 2018  83.6% ran the update by April 2018
- 5.7% drove Fall Creators Update
- 1.8% drove the creators Update
- 1.4% ran anniversary update
- 0.5% ran the November update
- 0.3% drove the original Windows 10
In theory, October 2018 was updated "publicly available". In practice, Microsoft is not sure enough to roll it out to most Windows 10 computers. There are still several "upgrade blocks" in place for various issues, including issues with specific Intel display drivers and older AMD Radeon GPUs.
Aside from the slow upgrade to the October 2018 update, a lot of 9.7% of Windows 10 users are still using older versions 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 on a six-month release cycle. This means that the next edition, code name 19H1, will happen in about three months. But Microsoft has just upgraded a small percentage of computers to the current software.
So what happens? Will Microsoft quickly download this update to more computers in the next few months? Will Microsoft skip the October 2018 update and upgrade everyone directly to 19H1? If so, how do we know that people will not encounter the same problem?
Perhaps Microsoft should admit that the Windows development process does not work and rushes out a major update every six months a bad idea. No one else does it – not Google with Android and not Apple with iOS or MacOS, which every year gets a big update.
Yes, this case
Microsoft wanted to get all Windows users on the same platform to make things easier, but that made things more confusing. If you support someone and they have problems, you can't just ask them which version of Windows they are running. You need to find out which Windows 10 update they are using.
Software developers can not only expect Windows 10 users to have the latest software. Windows 10's October 2018 update includes real-time radiation tracking support with some new NVIDIA GPUs, but NVIDIA and game developers can't just expect their users to have that software installed. Users need to get out of their way to install the latest update, which Microsoft may not consider ready for their computers.
Here it is sad: This is not so much because most software companies do not use the new Windows systems features! Instead of embracing the store and the new UWP platform, most software developers manage proven Windows desktop software that will also run on older versions of Windows like Windows 7. In other words, Windows fragmentation does not matter because new features do not matter.
It does not matter if any exciting new feature like the timeline is only available in the latest version of Windows 10. Developers still do not use the stuff.
Heck, even Microsoft's employees do not create apps that use Windows 10 features as "shared experiences". So what's the point of these constant updates to desperately rush out features that no one uses?
Windows 10's cool upgrade process results in a less consistent platform. If Microsoft slowly released a steady yearly update that wasn't full of features no one cares about (like My People), Windows 10 would be a more stable platform and developers can rely on users who have the current software.
Windows 7 Cannot Run Windows 10 Apps
Although Windows 10 managed to get all Windows 10 users to run the same software, it would still fragment the Windows platform because new UWP apps (Store) would only run on Windows 10. If developers bought in, d must create an application for Windows 10 and another for Windows 7.
Isn't it surprising that developers haven't boarded and stuck desktop applications that are also running on Windows 7?
Worse than, Windows 10 app platform is also different from that found in Windows 8! It's as if Microsoft is trying to make it as difficult as possible for developers.
Of course, it's not about disk fragmentation, which can slow down the file access times. It's about an increasing number of different versions of Windows out there, which makes things more complicated.
You do not have to defragment modern Windows systems. They are automatically defragmented if you have a mechanical hard drive that needs it. So, at least disk fragmentation has improved.
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