Windows 10 growth tails off — Microsoft plans to force you to upgrade

OS usage share data looks ugly for Microsoft. Will “Windows 10.1” update give it a boost?

Windows 10 share update
Le Web (cc:by)

Windows 10 growth has stalled. It's not met expectations for a while, and is getting worse. That's the obvious conclusion from October's usage share numbers. 

So it seems there's panic in Redmond: Microsoft will soon start forcing Windows 10 upgrades on everyone with default settings. That should cause some consternation.

Also, we're expecting a big update next week: Codenamed Threshold 2, it should fix some of the oddities in the initial builds. (Just don't call it “Windows 10.1,” OK?)

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are amazed and astounded. Not to mention: Dartmoor...

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
[Developing story: Updated 5:45 am and 6:45 am PT with more comment]

Who will open today's IT Blogwatch? Well, Wayne Williams will:

It’s that time of the month again. ... In October, Windows 10 gained usage share.

However, it’s far from great news for Microsoft as Windows 10’s growth once again slowed. [It] went from 6.63 percent to 7.94 percent, an increase of 1.31...points. In the previous month it grew by 1.42.

What does Microsoft have to do? [Threshold 2] is due this month, will that make it more appealing?  MORE

Gordon Kelly knows exactly what Microsoft will do, and he's not amused:

Mass upgrades to Windows 10 from all Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers are about to begin.

Windows 10 has been reclassified as an “Optional” update in Windows Update. ... In “early” 2016...Microsoft will again reclassify Windows 10 as a “Recommended” update [so] the vast majority of users will find the Windows 10 install process starts up on their machines...a dramatic change of focus.

Microsoft [is] dressing ‘choice’ up as ‘you can just keep saying No.’  MORE

An apologetic Alex Wilhelm checks in:

[So] Windows 10 has moved up from 110 million devices, to 120 million.

Three months and 120 million devices, provided that the...number isn’t bat****, is still slightly better than I expected.

Early innings are early, and all that.  MORE

Meanwhile, Microsoft's Ashish Sondhi has more on that earlier "Threshold 2" reference:

[The] November update [is] releasing on November 10th, 2015.

Hope the information helps.  MORE

Zac Bowden explains:

Microsoft was planning to launch the Windows 10 “Fall Update” on November 2nd, but...was unable to sign off on a final build last week.

But according to a Microsoft Support Engineer, the 10th it is.

Features include UI improvements, Edge improvements and a new Messaging app.  MORE

Update 1: Woody Leonhard suggests how to prevent a forced upgrade:

GWX Control Panel [now] protects users from coerced Windows 10 updates.

This update goes further in cleaning out the gunk if you're stuck with the Upgrade to Windows 10 notice.

I suggest that all Windows 7 and 8.1 customers download the latest version of GWX Control Panel.

When you're ready to install Windows 10 on your own terms, you can turn the...mechanism back on.  MORE

Update 2: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes steps back:

Whenever there's any discussion related to usage share there's a tendency for people to focus on the minutia as opposed to the bigger picture.

Back when it was revealed that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade, I would have wagered that adoption would be far more aggressive (after all...people love getting free stuff).

I don't think that forcing users to upgrade will help.

Windows 10 isn't a bad operating system. ... Threshold 2...will help, but there's nothing showstopping.  MORE

And Finally...
What do you get when you take a be-dreaded poet, a remote English moor, and add an organic selfie stick

You have been reading IT Blogwatch by Richi Jennings, who curates the best bloggy bits, finest forums, and weirdest websites… so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning. Hatemail may be directed to @RiCHi or
Opinions expressed may not represent those of Computerworld. Ask your doctor before reading. Your mileage may vary. E&OE.

Copyright © 2015 IDG Communications, Inc.

Shop Tech Products at Amazon