The market share data from PC gaming service Steam is a fairly stable indication of what operating systems users (or rather gamers) are using in any given month.

But this time around, there seems to be trouble in paradise.

Some surprising statistics provided by Steam for the month of June 2014 reveal that the world’s most popular operating system lost a fair amount of users. Some 1.12%, in fact, which is a rather large amount when you look at it.

The service reportedly had more than 75 million users in January 2014, a figure that undoubtedly has increased in these next six month. So we could hypothetically be looking at an amount nearer to a million that has stopped using Windows 7.

Even if it is half that, it is an outrageous amount of users moving away from the top OS.

While the 64-bit version of Windows 7 lost a lot of users, the same was the case with the 64-bit flavor of Windows 8, which posted a decline of 0.46% to end up at 8.01% overall.

Something definitely is at play here.

Luckily, most other versions of the Windows operating system posted positive numbers, including the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, showing that gamers are now trying to upgrade to the newest OS.

Linux, by the way, is now powering 1.20% of the users on Steam, a figure that is set for a steep rise in the coming months and years, with the advent of Steam Machines.

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  • shinsenai

    Another one of those articles… Care to elaborate what is “definitely at play” here? This has nothing to do with Steam or Windows 7 troubles, some users are moving to Windows 8.1, as it is natural, and some of them probably moved from Windows to Mac, as it is also natural. This is just noise, certainly nothing “outrageous”. The lengths you go to provoke comments are incredible. And I fall for it every time.

    • Ted Smith

      I think you’re a little over the top with the accusations, but I do agree with you here. I don’t think this is a big deal. Windows 8.1 and Mac probably just got some users. It’s hard for the top OS stay level or add users. It’s only natural at this point.

  • Chaser

    To be expected at this point. Windows 7 has Windows 8 and 8.1 taking users from it every month. A decrease in users shouldn’t floor anyone at this point.

  • Mike Greenway

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling…
    or wolf, wolf!

  • Bruce Regael

    Steam isn’t a reliable source for determining OS market share and it shouldn’t be talked about on any news site (Tech or not). It’s very annoying to go over this month after month, so I’m not going to. All I will say is that Steam has historically had very mobile and low-end machines making up the large majority of its users. Machines that can easily play games like LoL/DOTA2/TF/CS and so on. Machines that make up the bulk of new purchases each and every day.

    These users don’t care about gaming as much as they care about having a machine that can surf the web and occasionally play these low-end games without issues, which most of those machines sold will be able to do with ease.