Windows 10 Finally Cracks 50 Percent Share Milestone Among Steam Gamers
Just over 49 percent (49.10 percent, to be exact) of Steam users access the digital distribution platform on a machine running Windows 10 64-bit. Another 1.25 percent are running a 32-bit build of Windows 10, bringing the total to 50.35 percent. That is impressive in and of itself, but what is also interesting is the gap between Windows 10 users and those running the next most popular OS, Windows 7.
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Here is a look at the breakdown:
- Windows 10: 50.35 percent
- Windows 7: 33.87 percent
- Windows 8/8.1: 10.01 percent
- Windows XP: 1.15 percent
- Windows Vista: .19 percent
While coveting support for DX12 is undoubtedly partially responsible, it is probably not the only reason why Windows 10 has gained so much ground in less than a year and a half. Credit goes to Microsoft for making upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10 free for the first year. Microsoft was a bit too aggressive at times with its free upgrade promotion and has even admitted as much, but given how things are turning out, it might not regret that strategy.