Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here’s what you can expect

This week, a flurry of headlines from leading tech news sites announced that the latest Windows 10 release is rolling out at breakneck speed.

Peter Bright of Ars Technica reported the news matter of factly: “The Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, is enjoying the fastest rollout of any Windows 10 major update thus far… [A]s of the 29th of the month, it’s now being used on just over half of all Windows 10 machines.”

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ZDNet’s Liam Tung offered a similar conclusion: “The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is the fastest Windows rollout of Windows 10 since it was first released in 2015, [reaching] 50 percent market share in one month…”

Paul Thurrott added some caustic commentary: “Microsoft is spewing this update out at an unprecedented rate. Why they are doing so is unclear, given the many problems that users have had with this update. (Not to mention the internal issues that delayed the original release.) But there it is, even worse than I had expected. Much worse. Irresponsibly worse.”

All three of these stories include accurate summaries of a third-party report released this week. But a closer look suggests that the data behind that report is, to put it charitably, weak.

The report comes from AdDuplex, which bills itself as the “leading cross-promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows applications.” On a separate web page, the company says it’s the “leading user…