The results of Steam’s newest user OS survey are in and are quite interesting. According to the survey, over 50% of users are now using Windows 10. This comprehensive survey included both 32 and 64-bit versions of the software. No doubt the extensive free period to acquire Windows 10 helped to grow these numbers but it is still fascinating to see. The second most popular OS is still Windows 7, running on roughly 34% of computers analyzed. This again counts both the 32 and 64-bit versions of the OS. OSX users totaled just over 3%, while all Linux version added up to 0.8% of the market share.
All of this points to fantastic growth for Microsoft’s newest operating system. With such massive headway into the PC gaming front in regards to Steam, Microsoft can be assured that developers will be designing their games with Windows 10 in mind, as they completely dominate the user OS front. Now, the question is just how hard they will be pushing their Windows Store, with such a sizable audience available to them. The Windows Store has seen some recent heavy hitters arrive on the first-party side, with Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and Recore all being a part of the new Xbox Play Anywhere program. The program allows users to purchase a game digitally and have it available on both their Xbox and Windows 10 computer. Aside from the games offered by Microsoft however, the Store has lacked much-needed games support. If they hope to take on the juggernaut of PC gaming that is Steam, Microsoft are going to have to make sure third-party developers have good incentives for bringing their games to the Windows Store.