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Gabe Newell Calls Windows 8 a 'Catastrophe'

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 06:05AM

Windows 8 might be all over the news, but Valve chief Gabe Newell doesn't think too highly of Microsoft's upcoming touch-based OS. "I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space," said Newell in a recent Casual Connect interview. According to Newell, among the casualties in Microsoft's none-too-subtle shift in priorities will be major PC/OEMs, with profits spiraling downwards for folks mostly in the PC business.

Newell cites the tremendous growth of companies like Valve, Epic, Zynga, and even Google had because of the PC's open-ended strengths, but there's a looming threat of people wanting to close the platform. "If that's true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality," he adds. Newell's backup plan? 2,500 Steam games all running on Linux. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy," said Newell. The future of personal computing might be headed towards shaky ground, but it's reassuring to see industry stalwarts like Newell lead the charge in staying true to the platform's open-ended nature.

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