It seems that Microsoft is having a hard time convincing its users to install its updates.
As he found AdDuplex, 29,9% of all Windows 10 computers use Windows 10 20H2, also known as the October 2020 update.
And while this is a decent number, the majority of Windows 10 users still use Windows 10 2004, also known as the May 2020 update, with 42,1% of computers using it.
In addition, 27,5% of Windows 10 PCs use even older versions. The good news is that these numbers are declining. Windows 10 1909, updated November 2019, fell from 26,8% to 18,4% in one month.
Although users are finally moving on to the new ones updates, it is obvious that they are quite hesitant.
Of course there are important reasons why updates need to be made. Initially, they provide users' systems with the latest features and bug fixes. Most important of all, of course, are security updates, which protect users from new viruses and threats. Using an older version may not protect users.
Moving people from older versions also means that Microsoft does not have to spend that much money updating these older versions and can focus on current and future ones. However at some point the older versions will be removed and users will have to switch to newer ones.
But why are users still not updating Windows 10? At first many people may just like the version they are using and so do not want to change it.
In this case, Microsoft needs to better explain the benefits of updating to Windows 10. Not just scare them to upgrade due to security issues, but show them the new features and how they might benefit.
A more difficult obstacle for Microsoft is the fact that in the last year it has encountered many problems with Windows 10 updates, which created more issues than they solved. Many users have been affected by this and have not updated.
To address this, Microsoft needs to ensure that future Windows 10 updates are as error-free as possible. It certainly seems to be heading in the right direction, with recent updates being relatively clean of problems.
Hopefully the new Windows 10 updates later this year, which introduce more possibilities and an updated user interface will persuade more people to choose them.