Windows 10 has been in the limelight since tech giant Microsoft debuted it on July 29. Just over a month after its release, the newest operating system scored a 5.21 percent share of the desktop OS space, ranking fourth in all Web traffic generated by desktop operating systems. Besides, the system proves that it is the ideal operating system not only for working but also for gaming. It finds quick adoption by gamers as over 17% of the tens of millions of all Steam PC gamers are already using the OS.
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Windows 10 is quickly adopted among gamers.
According to statistics from Steam – the popular gaming service, 16.39% of Steam customers are using the 64-bit version of Windows 10 while another 0.63% are using the 32-bit version of the new OS.

Meanwhile, Windows 7 64-bit remained number one with 39.71 percent, followed by Windows 8.1 64-bit with 23.36 percent on Steam. With over 16.39%, the 64-bit version of Windows 10 already jumped on the third position. This figure is up more than 13 percent in the last 30 days. Also, It is likely to increase over time as the new operating system is yet to land on all PCs eligible for an upgrade.

Following is the data from the Steam Survey:

 Most popular
Percentage
Change
Windows 7 64 bit
39.71%
-5.26%
Windows 8.1 64 bit
23.36%
-7.60%
Windows 10 64 bit
16.39%
+13.17%
Windows 7
8.83%
-0.53%
Windows XP 32bit
2.76%
-0.07%
Windows 8 64 bit
2.66%
-0.28%
Windows 10
0.63%
+0.51%
Windows 8.1
0.54%
-0.08%
Windows Vista 32 bit
0.41%
-0.01%
Windows 8
0.22%
-0.01%
Windows Vista 64 bit
0.21%
+0.01%
                                                      (Source: Steam Hardware Survey)

It seems that Microsoft’s strategy of offering a free upgrade to its newest OS 10 for Windows 7 and 8.1 users is paying off. Looking at the stats from the table above, we can see that Windows 10’s new market share came from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, with the majority of gamers with these two operating systems quickly upgrading to the new OS for free. Despite the privacy concerns and some other small issues, Windows 10 still enjoys a very healthy adoption among gamers.