Thurrott Daily: January 1

Posted on January 2, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Mobile, Windows 10 with 9 Comments

Thurrott Daily: January 1

Another weekend, another … well, you know.

It’s kind of a weird sort-of-holiday day today, so here are a few tech tidbits—and headline riffs—from around the web.

1/2/2017 2:25:33 PM

Windows 10 is now used by more than half of Steam gamers

Neowin notes an important milestone for Windows 10.

Steam’s latest hardware report shows that Windows 10 is finally being used by more than half of all Steam gamers, nearly 17 months after its official launch.

According to the latest statistics, Windows 10 is being used by 50.35% of Steam gamers. 49.10% of these are utilizing the 64-bit version of the OS, while just 1.25% are using the 32-bit version. This is a slight increase of 0.75% in the usage of Windows 10, compared to last month.

All other versions of Windows – including Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Vista, and XP – showed considerable decline … similarly, Apple’s OS X’ user base plummeted to 3.44%.


“I’m a Windows phone fan in an iPhone/Android world. Why? Microsoft has it going on!”

Especially in mobile, yes. Good decision.


Computer Gaming World archives are online, free

Thanks to Larry C. for pointing out to me that you can read old issues of Computer Gaming World online, for free, at the Computer Gaming World Museum. I assume this is legal. Apologies for the tortured rip ofAdventure that follows, and a search feature would be amazing.

Up ahead, passages in all directions lead to dimly lit galleries. From where you stand, you can still distinguish the framed magazines that you think may hold some of the secrets of the early days of computer gaming.

A stack of freshly printed newsletters sits in a neat pile on a shelf to your left. You also notice a few older ones nearby, no doubt discarded by previous guests. Further down towards the entrance to the galleries, you can see, and hear, an animated group of visitors talking and bartering.

Closer to you, the attendant’s booth is currently empty, but a hastily scribbled note stuck on the glass invites you to pick up a flyer for more information regarding the Museum. Directly next to the booth, a leather-bound guestbook lies open on a low table. Giving it a quick glance, you already recognize some of the names!


“Microsoft HoloLens could help you find your keys”

Just make sure those keys never leave that mail slot-shaped hole in the middle of your view.


“Nintendo Switch powers past XBox One and PS4 to become king of internet 2016”

Imagine how well it could have done if had just been released!


“Rumor: Apple to release iOS 10.3 beta with ‘Theater mode’ in January”

So we know exactly as much about this as we do about Windows 10’s rumored Game Mode.


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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Thurrott Daily: January 1”

  1. 5553

    But this is the year of Linux ??

  2. 5554

    The cherrypicked Steam stat for Win10 is great but it's a drop in the bucket of overall Windows install base.  The December NetMarketShare stat which Paul is surely aware of (but perhaps pressured by MS to omit) paints a much more troubling reality: yet another month of flat Windows 10 adoption, and the holiday buying season no less, where PCs are preloaded with 10 and buyers have no choice.  

    In fact Windows 7 grew at more than twice the rate as 10. That's a disaster and MS needs to do some soul searching now:  begin to think about a proper successor to 7 that more people actually want, gives some control back to and respects users. 

  3. 412

    "“I’m a Windows phone fan in an iPhone/Android world. Why? Microsoft has it going on!”"

    You don't know the effort it takes not to comment on many of the Pro-Windows Phone articles. It just makes me so sad to see them pump up a dead platform. And believe me, I LOVE the platform but it is DEAD right now. The article that made me chuckle was "so you got a Windows Phone for Christmas" thing...

    Hats off to you if you continue to user it but please don't be blind to reality...

  4. 4273

    As a Christmas gift I picked up a Nexus 5X while they were still available at a good price so the recipient could retire their Nokia 920. It upgraded to nougat 7.1 the moment we turned it on.

    • 412

      In reply to TroyTruax:

      Being a Windows Phone fan, Android is NO Windows Phone but I do like the improvements in Nougat, especially with in-line notification options. 

  5. 5553

    Torvalds must be Steaming mad...cursing...middle finger 

  6. 8179

    Computer Gaming World - issue March 1992


    Aces of the Pacific - the game that made me give up Amiga for a Windows Pc....