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Steam has conducted a new Hardware and Software Survey and concluded that Microsoft’s Windows 10 is growing in popularity because there are many customers buying games especially for this operating system. According to Steam, compared to the previous month, Windows 10 64bit is the most popular operating system and its usage has increased with 3.26% (up to 42.94%), while Windows 10 32bit accounts for 1.52%.

Valve Corporation has developed Steam, a digital distribution platform which offers digital rights management, multiplayer gaming and social networking services. It was released on September 12, 2003 and its API called Steamworks allows users to integrate many of Steam’s functions into their games, such as micro-transactions, matchmaking, in-game achievements etc.

Initially, Valve Corporation has created Steam for use on Microsoft Windows, but later were released versions for OS X and Linux Os, as well. There are applications for Android and iOS, but users can only chat and shop, while the Steam website replicates many of the social network features of the stand-alone application.

Since September 2015, Steam made available for purchase 6,464 Windows games, 2,323 OS X games, and 1,500 Linux games. Now, there are over 125 million registered accounts and nearly 43 percent of users are running Windows 10 64bit version, being followed by Windows 7 64bit, with 30.61% usage – a decrease by 1.64 percent compared to the previous month.

On the other hand, Microsoft is busy promoting its latest operating system, Windows 10, which will receive an Anniversary Update on August 2. Currently, there are 350 million devices with Windows 10 installed on them and soon (July 29), Microsoft will no longer allow users to upgrade for free, if they have a license for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

Some of the changes that will be made to W10 Anniversary Update are: Windows Ink (it will allow users to quickly access their “pen-friendly” applications), new features for Cortana (it will be capable to arrange transportation) and improvements fro Microsoft Edge (it get web notifications in Action Center).