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Windows 11 distribution almost stopped in March, Windows 10 21H2 remains popular

It seems that after the fairly successful launch of Windows 11 last fall and stable growth in the first months of March, the speed of distribution of the operating system has decreased as much as possible. This is evidenced by the research data of the AdDuplex platform, which monitors the degree of distribution of various versions of the software platform and regularly publishes reports on the results of the work performed.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

In its research, AdDuplex uses data collected from approximately 5,000 applications using the AdDuplex SDK v.2. Although the sample size is not specified in this case, the platform reports typically include data collected from approximately 60,000 computers. Of course, this is a small sample, but you can also use it to keep track of the ups and downs of different versions of Windows.

According to AdDuplex, the proportion of Windows 11 users in March remained almost unchanged compared to February. At the same time, Windows 10 21H2 showed some growth during the period, becoming the most popular version of the operating system in March. According to published data, as of March 29, the share of Windows 11 was 19.4%, which is slightly more than 19.3% in February. Despite a slight increase, Windows 11 was able to maintain third place in the popularity list. Windows 10 21H2 led the field, growing from 21% in February to 28.5% in March. At the same time, the share of Windows 10 21H1 fell from 27.5% to 26.5% over the same period.

    Image source: AdDuplex

Image source: AdDuplex

Apparently, the end of the support period for Windows 10 20H2, which ends in May, has allowed for a significant increase in the share of Windows 10 21H2. In anticipation of this, Microsoft has rolled out the update to more compatible devices so that their users can continue to receive regular updates even after support for Windows 10 20H2 has ended. As reasons for the slow spread of Windows 11, we should first highlight the minimum system requirements for installing the operating system, which not all PCs meet. Also, upgrading to Windows 11 is optional, which also does nothing to speed up the spread of the operating system.

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