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Windows 10 is already the third most popular OS on Steam

Steam Hardware Survey

Windows 10 has been out for a little over a month, and yet it's already the third-most popular operating system on Steam. The Steam Hardware and Software Survey for August 2015 reveals that more than 16 percent of Steam users are now running the 64-bit version of Windows 10, putting it well ahead of Windows 8, Windows Vista, and even the original Windows 7.

Windows 10 usage now trails just Windows 8.1 64-bit, which accounts for 23.36 percent of users, and Windows 7 64-bit, still the top dog with 39.71 percent. But they're both in decline, losing 7.6 percent and 5.26 percent of their bases respectively, while Windows 10 adoption leaped by an impressive 13.17 percent over the past month. The 32-bit version of Windows 10 is actually on the board too, at a relatively minuscule 0.63 percent, which is still enough to put it ahead of Windows Vista (both editions) and the 32-bit releases of Windows 8 and 8.1.

At this rate, Windows 10 will likely take second place from Windows 8.1 in the next survey, or October at the latest. Windows 7 will surely take longer, but maybe not as long as it might initially appear. Windows 8 was a botch job, but Windows 10 appears to be not just stable but actually pretty good. There have been some bumps, of course, but generally speaking they've been the sort of thing you'd expect from a new OS rather than legitimate deal-breakers. I'm still a Windows 7 user and I expected to remain so for a long time, but the more I read, the more I think that Windows 10 might be worth a shot sooner rather than later.

Thanks, VentureBeat.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.