Newell: Windows 8 a "Catastrophe for Everyone in PC Space"

Valve to focus its efforts on Linux.

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Newell: Windows 8 a "Catastrophe for Everyone in PC Space"
Windows 8 is out soon! And it will be bringing all kinds of cool-looking tiles and touch-enabled things to the desktop. But Valve's Gabe Newell isn't that excited by the implications Microsoft's new OS has for developers.

"I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space," he told an audience at Casual Connect. "I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.

"Valve wouldn’t exist today without the PC, or Epic, or Zynga, or Google. They all wouldn’t have existed without the openness of the platform."

Newell added that Valve plans to put its full weight behind development for Linux, the open-source computer operating system, as part of a "hedging strategy" in case his worst fears about Windows 8 are confirmed.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well... The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior," he added.

Via AllThingsD


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