Windows 10 Is Only Making Windows Fragmentation Worse

With Windows 10, Microsoft wanted all Windows users to have the same platform. Now the opposite is happening. Only 6.6% of Windows 10 computers have the Updated October 2018 more than three months after its release.


These figures come from AdDuplex, which tracks the market share of Windows updates, as indicated by Bleeping Computer. In December 2018:

6.6% of Windows 10 computers were running the October 2018 update
83.6% used the April 2018 update
5.7% were running the fall creators update
1.8% were running the creator update
1.4% were performing the birthday update
0.5% were running the November update
0.3% used the original Windows 10

In theory, the October 2018 update is "widely available. "In practice, Microsoft is not confident enough to install it on the vast majority of Windows 10 PCs. There are still several"upgrade blocks"For various issues, including issues with specific Intel display drivers and older AMD Radeon GPUs.

In addition to the slow upgrade to the October 2018 update, 9.7% of Windows 10 users still use versions older than the April 2018 update. is not as bad as Android fragmentation problem.

Get ready for another update in three months!

Windows 10 is on a six-month release cycle. This means that the next version, codename 19H1happens in about three months. But Microsoft has only upgraded a small percentage of PCs with the current software.

So what will happen? Will Microsoft quickly launch this update on several PCs in the coming months? Will Microsoft ignore the October 2018 update and upgrade everyone to 19H1? If so, how do we know that people will not experience the same problems?

Maybe Microsoft should admit the Windows development process does not work and publishing a big update every six months is a bad idea. No one else does, nor Google with Android nor Apple with iOS or macOS, which all receive a major update per year.

Yes, it is important

Microsoft wanted to put all Windows users on the same platform to make things easier, but it made things more confusing. If you support someone and that he has a problem, you can not just ask him what version of Windows he is running. You must also determine the Windows 10 update that they use.

Software developers can not rely solely on Windows 10 users with the latest software. Update of October 2018 of Windows 10 comprises Real-time ray tracing support with some new NVIDIA GPUs, but NVIDIA and game developers can not just rely on their users for this software to be installed. Users should do their best to install the latest update, which Microsoft may not consider ready for its PC.

What is a pity is that it is not a big problem, because most software companies do not use these new features of Windows! Rather than adopt the store and the new UWP platform, most software developers stick to the proven Windows desktop software that will also work on older versions of Windows like Windows 7. In other words, the fragmentation of Windows does not matter the features do not matter.

Really, no matter if a new exciting feature like the Chronology is only available in the latest version of Windows 10. The developers do not use this software anyway.

Heck, even Microsoft employees do not create applications using the features of Windows 10 such as "shared experiences. "So, what is the point of these constant updates to desperately abandon features that no one uses?

The frantic upgrade process of Windows 10 results in a less consistent platform. If Microsoft was slowly publishing a stable update a year that did not contain all the features we did not care about (like My people), Windows 10 would be a more stable platform and developers could rely on users of the current software.

Microsoft uses names such as "Update of October 2018", but these names do not appear anywhere in Windows 10. Windows 10 only uses version numbers such as "1809", which complicates the understanding of the users.

Windows 7 can not run Windows 10 applications

Even if Windows 10 managed to force all Windows 10 users to use the same software, it would still fragment the Windows platform, because any new UWP application (Store) would only work under Windows 10. If the developers bought, they should create an application for Windows 10 and another for Windows 7.

Is it any wonder that the developers have not got used to it and stick with desktop applications that also work under Windows 7?

Even worse, the Windows 10 application platform is even different from that of Windows 8! It's like Microsoft is trying to make it as difficult as possible for developers.

Of course, none of this concerns disk fragmentation, which can slow file access times. This is an increasing number of different versions of Windows, which makes things more complicated.

You do not need to defragment modern Windows systems. They automatically defragment if you have a mechanical hard drive that needs it. So at least fragmentation of the disk has improved.

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