Windows 10’s global adoption is growing, and the latest statistics provided by Valve for its gaming platform Steam show that the new operating system reached a new personal record in May.
Windows 10 is now powering no less than 39.68 percent of the computers running Steam, an increase of 1.50 percent over the previous month, while the 64-bit version of Windows 7 is losing ground and dropped to 32.25 percent, down 0.28 percent.
Windows 8.1 64-bit continues to hold the third place in Steam charts with 11.08 percent, but down 0.81 percent from the month before, while Windows XP is still running on 1.96 percent.
However, Windows 10 is the only operating system that actually improved its market share during May, with both 64- and 32-bit versions gaining more users, while all the others, including Windows 7, lost between 0.01 percent and 0.81 percent during the same month.
Windows 10 likely to keep growing in the coming months
The advantages that Windows 10 brings for PC gaming, including support for DirectX 12, make it a very appealing platform for Steam users, so these figures are very likely to continue growing in the coming months. Microsoft is still offering Windows 10 free of charge to Windows 7 and 8.1 users willing to upgrade, and this is clearly one of the catalysts for this incredible growth experienced by the operating system in less than 12 months since launch.
As far as non-Windows platforms are concerned, Mac OS X improved its overall share only by 0.03 percent, reaching 3.60 percent, while Linux actually dropped by 0.06 percent to 0.84 points.
Mac OS X 10.11.4 posted a growth of 0.39 percent while its predecessor 10.11.3 experienced the biggest decline of 0.41 percent. For Linux, Ubuntu 16.04 was the top performer with an increase of 0.15 percent while Ubuntu 15.10 impacted the overall share with a drop of 0.11 percent.