Gabe Newell joins the many critics of Windows 8

Valve is famous in gaming circles for its line of games that include the Half-Life, Portal, Counterstrike, and Left for Dead series. Valve's President, Gabe Newell, is known for his sometimes outlandish comments and he isn't afraid to take a few shots at some big names in the tech industry.
Late last year, Newell put Apple in his crosshairs, stating, "They build a shiny sparkling thing that attracts users and then they control people's access to those things."
This week, Newell has some rather harsh words for Microsoft and everyone's favorite whipping boy: Windows 8. While speaking at Seattle's Casual Connect gaming conference, Newell unloaded on Microsoft, stating, "I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people."

Valve's Gabe Newell [Image Source: Windows 8 Update]
Newell went on to state that he believes some of the larger, big-name OEM's that we've grown accustomed to in the PC sector would end up abandoning the market as a result of Microsoft's efforts with Windows 8. We've already seen HP tiptoe around the idea of leaving the PC market, and Dell's fortunes in the PC market don't appear to be much better these days (and it's trying to focus more on enterprise software).
As a result, Newell is making the effort to fully support the Linux platform in case things in Microsoft-land implode in the coming years. "It will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality," Newell continued.
Those are some pretty bold words from Newell (especially relying on Linux as a backup plan), but we still feel it's a little too early to call Windows 8 a failure. Windows 8 will officially launch on October 26, so we still have a while before we know just how much Microsoft's latest operating system will change the PC landscape.

Source: All Things D

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