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Windows Phone 8.1 adopted by 50% of all users

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 30, 2014.

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We have seen recently that Apple iOS 8 is seeing some solid adoption rates and will likely encompass most iOS device users by the end of the year. We have also seen how Google's Android 4.4 KitKat is making its presence felt, with over 25% of all Android users adopting the software. So, what about the third player in the mobile market, what about Windows Phone? Well, Microsoft has kindly answered that today.

After rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 via the Lumia Cyan update and with more new WP 8.1 handsets coming to market, Microsoft has confirmed that 50% of all Windows Phone smartphones eligible for the update have it. That's a solid adoption rate for a software patch that was released a couple of months, and that number is only going to grow from now on.

Over 40% of users are still on the Windows Phone 8 software and are able to update if they want, so the why aren't they? Firstly, some patches are of course dependant on regions and/or carrier, so it is entirely possible that some of the 40% of holdouts simply do not have access to the update yet. Secondly, some people just do not update their device when it first lands and they are prompted to, hitting cancel or back and then forgetting about it. Of course, there are also those who simply do not update for reasons beyond me, you know they exist, the ones who leave their PCs on a software version from five years ago.

Microsoft also revealed which percentage of particular major markets the Windows Phone 8.1 update accounts for. It is telling that the more emerging markets on the following list have a higher percentage as Windows is popular in rising economies but has struggled in established markets such as the US. This point is further reinforced by the fact that the biggest chunk of user ship comes from "other" markets, the ones that are not considered big.


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