It’s been just over a year since the release of Windows 11 and so far the operating system has predominantly proven itself to be an utter failure with consumers. – The reasons for this are varied, but it typically comes down to two key points: Firstly, many don’t feel the need to upgrade since Windows 10 still remains a perfectly sound platform. Secondly, though, it’s hard to deny that Windows 11 has gotten off to a very shaky start in terms of not just compatibility but also due to a number of updates which have, at least in terms of consumer perception, often seemed to create far more problems than they ever solved.
Yep, put simply, Windows 11 has proven to be an exceptionally hard sell for Microsoft.
Following a report via BetaNews, however, it seems that Microsoft may have just, somewhat subtlety, ramped up their strategy in terms of adoption rates as a new Windows 10 update effectively looks to make the move to Windows 11, if not simpler, then at least more noticeable!
So, what does this new update do? Well, coming under the official title ‘KB5020683’, this is, in very simple terms, an ‘out of box experience’ update meaning that it is automatically applied during the Windows 10 installation (presuming you have an internet connection at the time). And in regards to the Windows 10 installation, this really is the key point of this update.
Put simply, if a system is currently having a new Windows 10 installation placed upon it, but is eligible/compatible with Windows 11, they will get prompted as to whether they would prefer to install the newer version instead. And, of course, with an internet connection, the new version can simply be downloaded and applied there and then.
So, in other words, most casual consumers will likely notice this the next time they perform a system reset on Windows 10 or when they perform a fresh install of the operating system on a new PC/laptop.
Overall, or at least in principle, this isn’t an entirely terrible move as some consumers would perhaps like to immediately proceed to Windows 11 if they have the option. And a fresh installation is never a bad point to do this either. Will it actually help Windows 11 finally grab some real traction on the market though? Well, it’s hard to say.
After basically 14 months, Windows 11 still only has just over a 16% market share. Yes, Windows 10 may have finally dipped below 70%, but overall, it’s not hard to see which is the significantly more dominant operating system. If anything, the transitional figures are so slow that it appears to be something of a 50/50 split between people upgrading and people simply buying new PCs/laptops with Windows 11 pre-installed.
If nothing else though, even if you have no intention of ever upgrading to Windows 11, it seems that a Windows 10 reset may prompt you to do it now. And yes, you do have the option to tell Microsoft, in very polite terms, that you’d prefer to stick with 10 thank you very much!
What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!
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