Total number of Windows 7 users drops by 11.42% on Steam

Matthew Adams By: Matthew Adams
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Windows 10’s user base expanded throughout 2017 and into 2018. Despite that trend, Windows 7 was still a long way ahead of Windows 10 in Steam’s 2017 hardware and software survey with a 70.02% user base figure at the end of last year. However, the latest Steam survey reveals a substantial drop in its Windows 7 user base.

The latest survey shows that Steam’s 64-bit Windows 7 user base stands at 58.26%. That represents a -11.42% drop for Steam’s 64-bit Windows 7 user base. Steam’s Windows 7 users also fell by 3.06% in February 2018. Thus, the platform’s percentage share has fallen by 14.48% in February and March.

The platform that gained the largest percentage increase in Steam’s survey is, as you might guess, 64-bit Windows 10. Windows 10’s percentage of Steam users rose by 10.60% in March, and in the month before its figure also increased by 2.78%. Consequently, Windows 10’s Steam user base now stands at 36.45% in March 2018.

The Steam survey now paints a much more rosy picture for Win 10 than it did in October 2017 when 7 surged by 22.45%. Ok, Windows 7’s percentage share is still higher; but more Steam users are embracing Win 10. StatCounter’s market data also shows that Windows 10’s overall user base eclipsed Windows 7 in January 2018. As such, Steam’s updated survey reflects the general trend of a falling Windows 7 user base.

The drop in Windows 7’s Steam user base in March might also be due to Sea of Thieves. That was one of the most hotly anticipated 2018 games which Microsoft Studios launched in March. The game is exclusively for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Even though Sea of Thieves is not distributed on Steam, you still need Windows 10 to play the game on desktops and laptops. Thus, some Steam users might have upgraded to Windows 10 for Sea of Thieves.

Microsoft is not just launching exclusive games for Windows 10. The software giant also announced that MS Office 2019 will be exclusively for Win 10. Thus, Microsoft’s flagship office suite is the latest Windows 10 bait for Win 7 users.

With Microsoft Studios also launching State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 as Windows 10 and Xbox One exclusives, Windows 10 might now overtake 7 as Steam’s foremost gaming platform later in 2018. You can check out the full Steam survey at this website page.

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