PC gamers are slow to embrace Windows 11

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Here it’s the brand new version of Windows, it’s Windows 11, the evolution of Microsoft’s PC operating system. Faster, better multi-screen display, a new taskbar, new icons, etc.

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If Microsoft was quick to congratulate itself on the very rapid adoption of Windows 10 and has regularly communicated about the number of installations and the eagerness with which users have migrated from Windows 7 and 8 to this new version, this is not nothing for Windows 11. To Um Therefore, to get an idea of ​​user interest in the latest version of the operating system, it is necessary to rely on a few numbers from third parties, such as usage statistics from Steam, Valve’s platform popular with PC gamers.

This is exactly what our colleagues from doArs-Technica. Although the method has its limitations, it gives an insight into current trends. And the least we can say is that gamers were much more likely to “jump” to Windows 10 than Windows 11 in 2015.

Over the past six months, the Windows 11 adoption rate by Steam users has been increasing steadily, but in relatively small proportions, meaning they have taken the plunge by around 17% at the end of March 2022. In the same period since the release of Windows 10, the momentum has been much stronger and 31% of Steam users had Windows 10. In other words, Windows 11 adoption is almost twice as slow as Windows 10.

How do you explain it? There are actually several obvious reasons. The first is that Windows 11 is a security-focused version of the operating system and can only be installed on computers that are compliant with its security requirements, eliminating some PCs outright. Second, the release of Windows 10 led to a flurry of purchases and renewals of computers that sometimes came with Windows 7 or 8 and upgraded to Windows 10 upon activation, which may have inflated the stats. Again, that’s not really the case with Windows 11, especially given the lackluster gaming PC market weighed down by the lack of graphics cards and their very high price tag. In conclusion, it should be noted that the launch of Windows 10 was quite extraordinary. That of Windows 11 would in reality rather revert to more traditional standards. Logically, somewhere, for a version that doesn’t want to “break”.

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