AdDuplex: Windows 11 usage share growth slowed to a crawl in March 2022

Last month, AdDuplex reported that Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system gained a significant share as its usage share rose to 19.3% of all monitored systems. This month, AdDuplex reports that growth has slowed to a crawl as Microsoft’s operating system increased its usage share by a tenth of a percent to 19.4% overall.

AdDuplex numbers are not exact as it only pulls them from thousands of applications for Windows 10 and 11. Still, the numbers give us trends, and the current trend doesn’t look good for Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system.

Windows 11, although offered as a free upgrade as long as the Windows 10 license is genuine and the PC meets all system requirements, has not taken the Windows world by storm. While this is to be expected considering that a portion of devices running Windows 10 and earlier versions are not compatible with Windows 11, it might remind experienced Windows users of other versions of Windows that aren’t particularly good cut off

Admittedly, a usage share of 19.4% six months after launch looks pretty good at first glance. AdDuplex’s numbers are on the high end because it only monitors Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. Statcounter saw Windows 11 at 7.89% usage share in February 2022, compared to AdDuplex’s 19.3% in the same month.

Windows 11 is listed on Steam with a usage share of 15.59% for February 2022. One explanation for the higher number is that gamers are more likely to run the latest versions of an operating system on their devices. Both services have not yet released figures for March 2022. The “real” number is unknown, but it is likely to fall somewhere between the two extremes.

Two Windows 10 versions are ranked first and second on AdDuplex in March 2022. The latest version of Windows 10, version 21H2, has a 28.5% share, according to the report. The share of Windows 10 version 21H1 is 26.5%. The share of Windows 10 version 21H2 more than doubled from 12.1% in February, while the share of Windows 10 version 21H1 fell by 2.1% at the same time. Most of the wins came from devices running Windows 10 version 20H2, which recently went out of support.

As for the growth of Windows 11; It is possible that growth will continue in April 2022. Assuming the number doesn’t grow much, some might wonder if increasing Windows 11’s system requirements was a smart move and if that’s holding back growth, or if something else is keeping customers from upgrading to the new operating system to switch

The April 2022 stats and the missing March 2022 stats from Statcounter and Valve might shed some light.

Now you: Will Windows 11 usage share continue to increase or has it already reached a plateau?


AdDuplex: Windows 11 usage share growth slowed to a crawl in March 2022

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AdDuplex: Windows 11 usage share growth slowed to a crawl in March 2022


The usage share of Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system plateaued in March 2022, according to statistics released by AdDuplex for the month.


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