Valve boss Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 a 'catastrophe'

University Business, Jan 22, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

To understand why Valve would consider Windows 8 a catastrophe, it's helpful to understand that Valve has set up its own software store and service. So when you buy, say, Civilization V from them, you basically install Valve, which then downloads Civilization V from the internet and runs it on your system - and indeed, any computer you own, even your Macbook, since you are running it from the internet. Great plan, right? Except that Windows 8 sets up its own software store (very similar to Apple's App Store and Google's Play). And there's a concern that the Windows store will be the only way to install software on Windows 8. So Valve's Gabe Newell is worried. "There's a strong temptation to close the platform," he said, "because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors' access to the platform, and they say, 'That's really exciting.'"

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