Windows 11 growth stalled • The Register


The growth of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, Windows 11, appears to be slowing down if numbers from AdDuplex are to be believed.

Instead, Windows 10 continues to dominate, an indicator that users aren’t upgrading or – and this is probably more likely – Microsoft’s strict hardware compatibility requirements are keeping the operating system out of users’ PCs. .

After a relatively healthy start to the year, Windows 11 only managed to increase its share of systems surveyed by AdDuplex from a meager 19.3 to 19.4 percent. Its Windows 10 equivalent, 21H2, continued to grow comfortably, rising from 21% at the end of February to 28.5% in March.

In fact, well over half of those surveyed were still using Windows 10 from 2021.

The survey is limited to 5,000 PCs with Windows Store apps running the company’s advertising framework, but in the absence of official numbers from Microsoft, that’s a handy indicator of how things are going.

And things don’t seem to be going particularly well, although Microsoft has noted how quickly Windows 11 is being picked up by users compared to its predecessor.

It’s easy to assume that the PCs of users who might have accepted an upgrade (without tinkering) will have already been upgraded, which means that future Windows 11 growth will depend on purchasing new hardware that meets the requirements. stringent Microsoft rules for its wunder-OS. The slowdown in growth was marked: OS share had doubled to 16.1% in January, but only increased to 19.3% in February.

And around that mark is where it seems to have stalled.

As for where these new PCs running Windows 11 will come from, the PC market has cooled somewhat from its pandemic-induced peaks and analysts have predicted that demand for shiny new ones is likely to flatten out. Demand, however, would still be above pre-pandemic levels, meaning a gradual increase in Windows 11 systems there. The operating system, however, is still a bit too new to be adopted by the majority of Microsoft’s mainstream enterprise users.

Meanwhile, for some, Windows 11’s moribund growth is further evidence of the impact of Microsoft’s seemingly arbitrary hardware requirements. ®


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