Enlarge / Surface Laptop. (credit: Justin Wolfson)
Last month Microsoft removed the throttle that was limiting the rollout of the Creators Update, opening it up to every compatible machine. As a result, penetration of this latest version of Windows has gone from 50 percent to 65 percent, according to the numbers provided by AdDuplex.
With the Fall Creators Update due next month, at this point it seems likely that the deployment of the Creators Update won’t be complete by the time the Fall Creators Update is released. This is a slower pace than the previous major update, the Anniversary Update. That was first released in July last year, and five months later it was at about 86-percent penetration.
The reason behind Microsoft’s conservative deployment schedule isn’t entirely clear, but perhaps it’s simply a desire to avoid some of the problems that met the Anniversary Update’s release. The Anniversary Update had some notable hardware incompatibilities, for example. While these problems were eventually fixed, this only occurred after a number of customer systems were (temporarily) broken. By being much more careful about which hardware the Creators Update was sent to, the rollout was much smoother. The one exception was systems with Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processors: these won’t ever be updated to the Creators Update and are stuck on the Anniversary Update forever.
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