Windows 8 tops 10% share on Steam survey

Microsoft's latest becomes most common OS on Steam outside of Windows 7; NetMarketShare puts Windows 8 usage at 3%

Windows 8 continues to gain market share among the gaming public. According to Steam's March hardware survey statistics, 9.92 percent of the downloadable game service's users are running the 64-bit version of Microsoft's latest OS.

That's a jump of just over 1 percent month-over-month, which was enough for Windows 8 to overtake Windows XP 32-bit and become the third most common OS among Steam users. Windows 7 64-bit is in first with 55.11 percent of the user base, while vanilla Windows 7 was used by 13.40 percent of Steam players last month.

However, Windows 8 adoption rates appear significantly lower outside of the gaming industry. Based on its network of 40,000 websites with 160 million unique monthly visits, NetMarketShare's March 2013 data found Windows 8 accounted for just 3.17 percent of the web-browsing market. That's well below Windows XP (38.73 percent), and even Vista (4.99 percent). However, it did top the most common Mac OS X version, 10.8, which accounted for 2.65 percent of NetMarketShare's network traffic.

Windows 8 launched October 26, and had sold more than 60 million licenses as of January.

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Jade Law Senior concept artist, Reloaded Productions4 years ago
So thats actually more users than Linux now?
I wish they would get over their issues with win8 being a "closed system" and at least offer a steam chat windows app. The app docking in windows 8 is hella useful.
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek4 years ago
I think early negativity towards Windows 8 was personal opinions of developers rather than that of their companies. Steam/Valve will simply follow the gravy train. I do believe Microsoft need to move away from there closed approach, but right now Windows is the best operating system available, so not much to complain about.
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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster4 years ago

I agree 100%, which is why I think Windows will stick to it's closed approach in the long term. Apple has already proven that a closed approach is the gravy train of Operating Systems, with both iTunes (iOS and iDevices) and the Mac App Store (OSX).

I just hope that Win32 is not eliminated at any point, or that will be the version of Windows I never upgrade to. I have way too many games right now to give them all up.
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Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst 4 years ago
Windows incarnations have followed the same rule as Star Trek movies since Windows 3.0.

I'm waiting for Windows 9.
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Eoin Moran Studying Bachelor of Engineering, University of Melbourne4 years ago
@gareth You must be the first person to think that the odd numbered star trek's are the best!! ;-)
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Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst 4 years ago
I meant every other release. NO one would argue the odd numbered Trek films are better. :)
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 4 years ago
It jumped to 9% in since November, and now it jumped to almost 10 in a month. Its a spectacular growth and also significant slowdown... As the Church of Kenobiism says : Depends on your point of view :)
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gi biz ;, 4 years ago
What about Linux figures?
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
Windows 8 has had the slowest adoption rate of any Windows operating system since pre-XP. It's a pretty massive problem for Microsoft. Personally I'm OK with running Windows 8 on a gaming computer, because I will just get an add on to remove the Metro launcher and add back my start menu. Gaming performance is actually slightly better on Windows 8 overall. Still, I'm a Windows 7 64 bit user at the moment.
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Nick McCrea Gentleman, Pocket Starship4 years ago
Aside from the schizophrenic touch / desktop UI issues, the big problem for Windows 8 is that it's attempting to usurp an excellent incarnation of Windows in Win7, and to do it too soon. Although Vista had plenty of issues, XP was so old that the upgrade was substantial. Win7, meanwhile, fixed Vista. What's the incentive to go to Win8 when the UI paradigm is an acquired taste and Win7 is so good?
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 4 years ago
because I will just get an add on to remove the Metro launcher and add back my start menu.
Another thing I've found very annoying are the window decorations - 1 pixel drop shadow for windows (on a 2560x1440 27" resolution I have too look for it) and the (file) Explorer all using one shade of colour, making it very difficult to distinguish overlapping windows.
Performance is great, i would be very happy with a Windows classic style UI on a Windows8 kernel.
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