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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 91TTZ on 8/9/2012 3:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft isn't exactly mimicking Apple here, alone. Linux, RIM, Verizon, and others had app stores long before Apple's iTunes App Store. Were they as successful? No, of course not. But to say "Microsoft is copying Apple" even solely on the basis of its adoption of an app-distribution ecosystem is silly given the amount of predecessors to Apple's App Store.

I disagree. What separates Apple from its competitors is its execution, not necessarily its ideas. Plenty of companies have come up with innovative ideas and failed to bring the product to market properly, only to have Apple succeed in doing it.

Did Apple have the first mp3 player? Nope. But the iPod was a successful product whereas other companies failed to compete.

Did Apple have the first smartphone? Nope, but the iPhone was also a successful product whereas other companies couldn't really make inroads into the consumer space.

Did Apple have the first tablet device? Nope, but the iPad was a successful product while other tablets never really caught on.

Microsoft has resorted to mimicking Apple's execution and it's obvious.

By TakinYourPoints on 8/11/2012 7:21:25 PM , Rating: 2
^^^ Gets it

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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