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Official launch of Software titles on September 5

Valve is a major video game company and has very impressive titles to its name, including Half Life. Valve also has a popular digital distribution platform called Steam that has been used to distribute digital versions of retail video games.
 
Valve has now announced that the first set of non-gaming software titles are heading to Steam. Software titles would be things other than video games. According to Valve, the software titles that will be landing on Steam will range from creativity to productivity.
 
"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Mark Richardson at Valve. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."
 
The new software will be able to use some interesting features Steamworks offers such as easy installation, automatic updates, and the ability to save work to a Steam Cloud space so that files are available wherever you go. Steam will add more software titles as time goes by. The company also says developers can submit software titles via Steam Greenlight.
 
The official launch of software titles on Steam will be September 5.
 
Valve President Gabe Newell recently focused his wrath on Windows 8. Newell noted last month that Windows 8 would be a "catastrophe" for the PC space. He also predicted that some PC makers might leave the PC industry. Microsoft certainly made some of its biggest partners very uncomfortable when it entered the hardware business with the Surface tablets. 

Source: Valve



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By Pirks on 8/9/2012 1:24:59 PM , Rating: 1
Ya I also laughed hard reading this Reclaimer's troll post, especially after using Win8 RTM build on my Vaio. He's just a clueless idiot who has no real experience using Win8. I think the upgrade price of $39.99 is a steal for such a huge upgrade in usability. I dunno man, this is first time ever I see MS seriously going to pwn Apple in usability department. This is huge deal man, but slowpokes like Reclaimer will see it only after many years, as usual.


By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 1:30:29 PM , Rating: 1
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I think the upgrade price of $39.99 is a steal for such a huge upgrade in usability.


Windows 8! So good, we're giving it away.

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I dunno man, this is first time ever I see MS seriously going to pwn Apple in usability department.


Since when was Microsoft competing against Apple in the usability of desktop OS's? They won that battle a decade ago.

Windows 8, specifically Metro, is only more "usable" on a touch screen device.


By Pirks on 8/9/2012 3:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
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Since when was Microsoft competing against Apple in the usability of desktop OS's?
Since the moment Apple pwned MS in usability of a touch driven OS


By 91TTZ on 8/9/2012 3:10:50 PM , Rating: 2
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Ya I also laughed hard reading this Reclaimer's troll post, especially after using Win8 RTM build on my Vaio. He's just a clueless idiot who has no real experience using Win8. I think the upgrade price of $39.99 is a steal for such a huge upgrade in usability


There isn't a huge upgrade in usability for desktop users and Microsoft knows that. They know that this is suboptimal for desktops and another step towards tablets/phones. That's why they're stilling it for less than half the price of their previous desktop operating systems.

They see mobile as the future so they're basically subsidizing the cost of this in the hopes that it will lead to increased sales of Microsoft's mobile offerings. They're trying to transition their desktop users to a (Microsoft branded) mobile-centric world where they see more profits.


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