Neowin: Gabe Newell, managing director of Valve Software, recently made critical claims about Windows 8 being a "catastrophe" for computer companies. Does the Valve head honcho have a point?
I've said it before that Microsoft release a turkey every other OS since Win 95 with ME and Vista being note able flops with home users. Windows 7 was a good OS but now Microsoft try to force gamers into Windows 8 with all this XBOX integration just like they tried to force gamers into Vista with DirectX 10. They deserted PC gamers for the console market after using the PC as a testbed with their Sidewinder peripherals and the Microsoft Gaming Zone but now want a slice of the action that companies like Valve have developed and will try and force Steam and Origin into submission not by fair competition but by pushing their services into the back end of Windows 8. This isn't new, this is the Microsoft of old who tried to force Internet Explorer into being the standard web browser until they were forced by the courts to offer alternatives via a pop up window. I hope the same happens with Windows 8 otherwise gamers will suffer.
Windows 8 is good for indie developers as it is more accessible to have their games scene and played on the Windows Store. I find this to actually be a good things and possibly bad for the big name guys which doesn't make sense as they still can have their desktop applications there. I see people very upset with how the start menu and screen look but let's be honest here you sepnd about 2% of your time there and the other in actually a browser or an appilcation. I'm looking forward to what is going to happen with Windows 8 and I'm happy so far with what they are doing but it takes some time getting used to it.
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