Steam Hardware Survey for Sep. 2016 shows a decline in Windows 10 usage

Steam is one of the most popular gaming platforms on PC, with clients for Linux, macOS, and Windows. The Steam Hardware Survey is an opt-in service in which people generously give Steam information about what kind of hardware and software they are running.

Last week at the Ignite event, Microsoft claimed there were 400 million devices powered by Windows 10. Today, Steam has released their Survey results for September.

Steam Hardware Survey for September 2016

In these numbers, we can clearly see people abandoning Windows 7 – the 32-bit version dropped by 0.20%, while the 64-bit version fell by 0.06%.

However, Windows 7’s losing market share does not reflect in Windows 10’s numbers as you would imagine it would. While Windows 10 64-bit did gain by 0.04%, the 32-bit version fell by 0.09%.

That is an anomaly – when Windows 7’s share drops, you expect Windows 10 to gain, but that does not happen. Oddly enough, Windows 8.1 – not 10 – increased its market share, with 0.01% for 32-bit and 0.09% for 64-bit.

What does this mean?

Though the slowing growth for Windows 10 was to be expected – considering the OS is no longer offered as a free upgrade – it seems the growth has nearly stalled, which was not expected.

At this point, it is not very clear what this means. Steam also records numbers for macOS and Linux, and both had an increase in market share – 0.25% and 0.11% respectively.

Perhaps it is Linux and macOS where people are migrating to; how or why Windows 8.1’s market share is increasing is not very clear, especially when Microsoft itself has pretty much abandoned the OS.

While Windows still owns 95.38% of the market (according to Steam), and Windows 10 makes up for 47.48% of this share. One thing is clear – at least the gaming community does not seem to be amused with the direction & strategy Microsoft is taking for Windows 10.

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