Windows 10 has been gaining traction in the workplace, but to see a different side of the value that Microsoft’s latest operating system provides, let’s look to the exact opposite of the workplace: recreation. Specifically, Windows 10 has gained in popularity amongst PC gamers, reaching almost half of the total user base of Steam, the PC gamer’s cloud-based preferred gaming solution.

This year, for the month of June, the total number of gamers using Windows 10 for Steam, in both 32-bit and 64-bit format, reached 44.6 percent. This presents an increase of 3.41 percent from the previous month, and a 1.54 percent increase from the month before that. It’s safe to say that Windows 10 is “picking up steam,” so to speak, but it seems that the free* upgrade is likely playing into these gamers’ decisions to make the upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system. And, well, why wouldn’t it? Gamers want to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their experience while they still can.

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Of course, not all Steam users utilize Windows 10. 36.97 percent of Steam users have Windows 7 installed on their PCs, which is down 2 percent from last month. Windows 8 and 8.1, however, make up about 12 percent of Steam users. Altogether, Windows users account for about 95.5 percent of gamers on Steam, while OS X retains about 3.6 percent, and Linux snags a paltry 0.8 percent.

Whether you’re a gamer or not, there’s no denying that there’s at least one lesson to be learned from these statistics, and it’s that the latest operating system for your Windows computer is needed if you want to get the most out of it. Gamers are often known for their meticulous attention to PC performance and specifications, so it’s no surprise that we see such a huge increase in Windows 10 statistics concerning PC gamers.

If anything, this should be a testament to how valuable the latest software solutions can be for your business’s workstations. Gamers take their hobby seriously, and they want only the best and brightest way to experience their entertainment. Why shouldn’t you try your hand at experiencing greater productivity and efficiency with Microsoft’s latest operating system?

If you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10, the fact remains that it’s a great operating system that can keep your business running throughout the near and not-so-distant future. SemTech IT Solutions’s technicians can help your organization implement it in the best way possible. It’s important that you assess your current needs and ensure that Windows 10 is compatible with your legacy applications and software solutions. In this scenario, it’s best to have the expertise of a professional to lean on. To get started, reach out to us at 407-830-1434.

And who knows? Maybe Windows 10 will help your business achieve its next high score.