A version of Windows 10 is now the operating system of choice—or maybe, not by choice—for Steam users.
According to Valve’s Steam hardware and software survey for March 2016, Windows 10 (64-bit) is installed on 36.97 percent of all devices running Steam. That’s a gain of 2.96 percent from February, and it pushes the OS past Windows 7 (64-bit), which fell to 32.99 percent last month.
Overall, Windows 7 still has a slight edge if you factor in both 64-bit and 32-bit installations. Combined, Windows 7 accounts for 39.96 percent of Steam installs, compared to 38.28 percent for Windows 10. Still, any version of Windows 10 hitting the top of those charts seems like a noteworthy milestone.
One other interesting takeaway from Valve’s latest figures: Linux saw a 0.06 percent decline last month, falling to 0.85 percent of Steam installations. However, these numbers apparently don’t include Valve’s SteamOS, and the overall growth in Steam users means that Linux gaming as a whole is still getting bigger.
Jared Newman has been helping folks make sense of technology for over a decade, writing for PCWorld, TechHive, and elsewhere. He also publishes two newsletters, Advisorator for straightforward tech advice and Cord Cutter Weekly for saving money on TV service.