Windows 11 is still hampered by a weak pace of adoption, looking at the latest figures assessing the market share of Microsoft’s desktop operating system.
The report on Windows versions and their respective market share compiled by AdDuplex (opens in new tab) for June 2022 shows that Windows 11 is now on 23.1% of PCs included in the company’s numbers. (These are Windows machines running Microsoft Store apps that display AdDuplex ads).
As AdDuplex points out, in the last couple of months only an extra 3.4% of Windows PCs have been upgraded to Windows 11, which represents a somewhat slow overall rate of migration to the latest operating system.
Windows 10 versions make up the majority of the market, of course, with the most popular version being Windows 10 21H2 at 38.2%, and the 21H1 feature update coming in second behind 23.9%.
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While a two-month gain of 3.4% isn’t something to shout about, it’s at least better than the previous two-month period, where Windows 11 only had 0.6% in terms of market share.
Windows 11 witnessed a 3.2% increase in February, mind you, which capped off a pretty robust adoption spike where the operating system doubled its share at the end of 2021. But since then, it’s all gone down a lot in AdDuplex stats. .
We should never read too much into just one set of numbers – they provide a snapshot of just a single facet of Windows 11’s popularity – but the statistics seem to broadly indicate that there has been a spike in early adoption from interested and more curious alike. types of computing, but since then, things have really slowed down.
With still a long way to go before Microsoft pulls back the curtain on Windows 10 support (later in 2025), we can’t imagine that the pace of Windows 11 adoption is likely to accelerate anytime soon, though new desktops and laptops will ship with the latest pre-installed operating system will gradually help adoption.
That said, there are a few key technologies that could eventually trigger wider adoption, and one that quickly springs to mind is DirectStorage on the gaming front, which should be a big boost for Windows 11. And not just for load times. SSD, but for smoother open world games (loading assets faster on-the-fly), the caveat is that games need to support it, and none do yet. (Although the first DirectStorage title, Forspoken, is expected to come to PC later this year.)
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