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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 3:39:18 PM , Rating: 1
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.
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!
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.

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
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)
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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