Microsoft's disastrous roll-out of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was put into stark focus last week when published data showed its adoption was only an eighth that of its 2017 predecessor.

According to statistics gathered by AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps, Windows 10 October 2018 Update – 1809 in Microsoft's yymm labeling format – had been installed on just 6.6% of all Windows 10 systems by year's end.

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That was a small fraction of the 53.6% powered by 1709 – Windows 10's second feature upgrade of 2017 – at the close of that year.

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