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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 JasonMick (blog) on 8/9/2012 1:40:14 PM , Rating: 5
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But for you to deny the extremely vocal majority who's clearly NOT enthused about Metro as a desktop UI? Come on man.
"But for you to deny the extremely vocal minority who's clearly NOT enthused about Metro as a desktop UI? Come on man."

...there fixed that for you.

Sure Windows 8 and its Metro UI will not be pleasing to a majority of PC enthusiasts. They oft prefer barren interfaces, graphically minimalist interfaces, and the ability to fully customize everything themselves. However, these preferences run counter to the majority of users, and the enthusiast community is quite small compared to the overall base of phone, tablet, and computer users.

Hence the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, but the few like to cry foul that they're not getting their way.

Yes, I've reported on the criticism -- guilty as charged.

I won't deny they're entertaining. They're entertaining to me. They're clearly entertaining to my readers (inc. yourself) as you're reading and commenting on these posts.

But for the record as an analyst I think it's overstated and largely the result of misunderstanding and lack of experience with Windows 8. Similar criticism has been leveled against many past successful Windows OSes....

"Chicago Sun-Times : Want Windows 95? Skip the 1st Version?"
Author: Don Crabb
Date: July 9, 1995

"Windows 98 was not Worth the Wait"
Aug. 1998: Chicago Tribune: Jimmy Gutterman

"Yawns greet Windows XP debut"
Cape Cod Online - Nov. 2001
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...

"Windows XP: Readers: It's not worth the trouble"
CNET - 2001
http://news.cnet.com/2009-1001-274436.html

...nay sayers have been bemoaning Microsoft's constant improvements to Windows and predicting its demise for almost two decades now.

And what has happened?


By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 1:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
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Sure Windows 8 and its Metro UI will not be pleasing to a majority of PC enthusiasts. They oft prefer barren interfaces, graphically minimalist interfaces, and the ability to fully customize everything themselves. However, these preferences run counter to the majority of users, and the enthusiast community is quite small compared to the overall base of phone, tablet, and computer users.


Since when did MS catered to those people though? Look if you want something pretty and flashing and easy enough for a 4 year old to use, Apple is down the hall.

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Hence the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, but the few like to cry foul that they're not getting their way.


It's more than that and you know it.

This is unlike any Windows OS before it, because Metro is there, and the desktop is still there. And we're expected to work within this Jeckll and Hyde mess of an OS with two conflicting UI designs that do NOT mesh well together. The experience is jarring, disjointed, and not intuitive. With apps working on one, programs working on another? Come on, admit it, that's a goddamn mess!!!

You want Metro? Fine. You should buy a touch device to get it. I represent the desktop users (who number in the millions) who want a better desktop experience and MORE features added to the Windows desktop. NOT to have Metro forced on us and actually LOSE things like the Start menu in exchange.


By JasonMick (blog) on 8/9/2012 2:03:11 PM , Rating: 2
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Since when did MS catered to those people though? Look if you want something pretty and flashing and easy enough for a 4 year old to use, Apple is down the hall.
Microsoft has always catered to them. Remember, when the Windows GUI was slocked on top of MS-DOS many power users felt it was a huge step backwards and emulation of Apple's 1984 MS-DOS.

Similar arguments were made back then -- Microsoft was turning its back on its true fans, while trying to copy Apple's mass market appeal.

In reality both companies are simply selling to the biggest market -- the masses, though Microsoft has tried to preserve a degree of customizability. I guarantee you, no matter how much you villainize Windows 8, it will be more flexible/customizable than the rigid confines of OS X.

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It's more than that and you know it.

This is unlike any Windows OS before it, because Metro is there, and the desktop is still there.
But that's what critics like yourself aren't understanding.

Metro UI as it's applied in Windows 8 is just a graphical unwrapping of the Start Menu + widgets , both of which were present in Windows 7.

The graphical theme is revised, but this is not new content, for the most part. No functionality is gained or lost, either, for the most part on the desktop front, though the new UI due to its large tiles is more friendly for touch devices.

The desktop and Metro UI both serve their purposes, just as the desktop and the Start Menu served their purposes in Windows 7. I would argue that Metro UI is in fact a big upgrade of the start menu, both graphically and in terms of functionality.

And even if it's not your favorite, it's hard to fault Windows 8 for besting Windows 7 in memory usage, # of running processes, and processor consumption, while offering improved file exploration on the desktop, improved file transfers, and a host of other upgrades.


By Pirks on 8/9/2012 3:39:18 PM , Rating: 1
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There should be a completely seamless interaction between Metro and the Desktop, across the board
There is one, when you get Win8 RTM and see how windows key works you'll stop trolling and lying.
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I see no reason why Metro and Desktop apps, for the PC version of Windows 8, be incompatible with each other
That's because Metro is new touch friendly usaer interface framework with new visual style and new everything, it's like a new version of windows almost from scratch. And the older desktop apps are not touch friendly legacy mouse/kbd software straight from your beloved era of 1990s :P Of course software from circa 1990 will be incompatible with software written like 20-30 years later. No shit Sherlock!
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throwing the PC and mobile OS together in a big jumbled mess
Nah, you'll learn it and you will stop trolling and lying I'm sure. I was also a bit scared after reading all these oldfag reviews but in real life usage scenarios RTM build is great. It's like seriously sped up (I mean SERIOUSLY) Windows 7 plus real good looking and much more usable full screen start menu plus a big bonus of metro apps that are touch friendly and a joy to use on any decent win8 tablet, like Surface. I mean they should have set higher price than $39.99, honestly. This upgrade is worth much more. Fortunately for them this is just a promotion for early adopters, they'll charge proper (full) price starting January 2013 ;)


By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 4:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know of, or heard of, anyone who was asking for a "full screen start menu" in Windows. It's an absurd waste of screen real estate.

But that's just my opinion. I also respect yours, although I think it could do without the "oldf@g" monicker.

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And the older desktop apps are not touch friendly legacy mouse/kbd software straight from your beloved era of 1990s :P


Well yes, that's what is most optimal for a desktop OS. Since most of us will not be using multi-touch LCD monitors for some time. If ever.

Again, I have no issue with Metro on touch devices. Forcing this environment onto the Desktop PC is where the problems arise.


By Pirks on 8/9/2012 5:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
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It's an absurd waste of screen real estate
It's not a waste since it's always hidden when you need desktop. They just made this start menu much much bigger and loaded with useful functionality like live tiles. Otherwise it's all the same, same keyboard and same mouse interactions to bring it up. It feels very consistent with my previous Win7 experience, it's intuitive up to the point that I had nothing to learn to use it, left bottom corner as usual or windows key as usual. I feel at home right away with this new interface, because it uses old desktop paradigm extensively (corner or windows key, to be exact)
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Forcing this environment onto the Desktop PC
I don't feel it forced on me even a little bit since I always can use all my desktop apps and games and such. If start menu turned into beautiful and useful start screen - this is a good change overall. Making it touch friendly to boot adds a nice bonus too, which doesn't matter for non-touch desktop but still is a good decision IMHO.


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