AdDuplex: Microsoft's new Surface Pro is off to a strong start

The latest tracking stats for Windows devices have been released by advertising network AdDuplex, which monitors usage across its network to create a detailed monthly breakdown of Microsoft's mobile ecosystem, along with key details on usage of Windows 10 PCs. Each month, the reports capture a snapshot of worldwide usage across one 24-hour period - in this case, June 26, 2017.

Just 11 days after the Surface Pro and Laptop were released, already 2.2% of all active Surface devices are the new Pro. The Laptop isn't having as strong of a start, with just 0.4%; however, it's worth noting that the cheapest Surface Laptop costs $200 more than the cheapest Pro.

The Windows 10 Creators Update continues to grow in usage at a steady pace, almost doubling since last month's number of 18%. Obviously, the bulk of that comes from the Anniversary Update, which dropped from 75.4% to 58.3%. Version 1511 fell from 4.6% to 4.1%, while both the oldest and newest versions, 1507 and RS3, dropped by 0.1.

When we look at Creators Update adoption on Surface devices, the Pro 3 is at the lowest, growing to 22% from 15.2% two months ago. Obviously, the new Pro and the Laptop shipped with the CU pre-installed, and the other three newest devices - the Pro 4, Book, and Studio - have the highest adoption rates.

And that brings us to Windows phones. AdDuplex hasn't given us a specific phone usage breakdown since February, when Windows Phone 8.1 was on 76.3% of Windows handsets. That number has dropped to 73.9% in the last four months, with Windows 10 Mobile growing to 20.3% from 17%.

Out of the 20.3% running Windows 10 Mobile, 58.9% are on the latest version, which is the Creators Update, while 4.6% are on the Insider builds. Note that some of the phones on the Creators Update are devices that are officially unsupported but are still receiving builds via the Release Preview ring of the Insider Program.

Back in April, we learned that 60.8% of Windows 10 Mobile devices are eligible for the Creators Update, and these statistics are showing a combined 63.5% that are running either the CU, or an Insider Fast ring build.

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