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Valve Boss Calls Windows 8 A 'Catastrophe'

Gamburd

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"This is seen by commentators to be a reference to the inclusion of a Windows Store in the Microsoft operating system.

This is a shop through which users will be able to buy apps for their Windows 8 device.

On some versions of Windows 8, it will be the only way to get downloadable software such as games.

Microsoft takes a cut, up to 30%, of every sale made through this store.

This could be a significant threat to the massively successful Steam online game store that Valve runs and which gives it a commission on every title sold through the online market.

A Windows Store closed to everyone but Microsoft might reduce the range of games available for sale through Steam.

Windows 8's links with Microsoft's Xbox Live online game service could also dent the appeal of Steam for many people."



http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18996377
 
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Grobut

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If MS wants to turn the PC into a cloused platform, then it will be the death of Windows, not the death of the PC.
 

Alexander Ostmann

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I use Windows 8 and I am impressed by how fast it is. It's not clunky or hard to use. You'd have to be an idiot not to understand how to use it. It's not drastically different than Windows 7 except for the home screen with all the icons. Everyone seems to hate new things, like new Facebook layout, new Windows layout, new Steam layouts. It's ridiculous.

Now the whole situation with closing Windows off to just Microsoft products is a bit scary. That would definitely be detrimental to the OS.
 

Murphy

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You'd have to be an idiot not to understand how to use it.
That is often the hallmark of terrible, restrictive software.

Like some photo-album organizer your mom brought home for free from the mall and it has five huge glassy buttons and a bunch of stock photos of smiling couples at the top... You definitely would have to be an idiot not to understand how to use it, but try changing the page background to a custom pattern, try to moving photos a little closer together than the default layouts, and perhaps more importantly, try using the file-type that program saves anywhere but in the Mall's-Name's Photoservice...

Intuitive usability and ergonomics are very important, of course! This is just my experience with any kind of software that has big glassy buttons so I'm very prejudiced against Windows 8.:eek:
 

Nezzer

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Everyone knew it was going to be horrible, knowing the way Windows works.

A **** version always follows a good one. So naturally whatever Windows comes after the failure that is Windows 8 will be good.
That's exactly why I don't have much faith in Windows 8. Haven't tried it yet, but I don't expect much from it.
 

Major Liability

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I very much hope there aren't programs or games that won't work on 7 that do work on 8. Hell, I'm not even switching from XP until they stop supporting it entirely (tried 7, went back a month later due to compatibility issues).
 

Shadrach

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I guess the 'every second Windows is good' rule applies here as well :p

But when/if "Windows 9" is out, hopefully Linux will have gotten to the point where it is possible to game on it. Getting Steam onto Linux will be a big, big part in making that happen.

Big question is, who's gonna make DirectX for Linux... :(
 

Moyako

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One question, when that judge said "APIs cannot be copyrighted", didn't he open the door for a DirectX adaptation to Linux?

Of course, I don't have any knowledge in programming, so could someone clarify this?
 

CandleJack

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Nobody will buy/use Windows because it is no improvement over Win7, end of story.
Which isn't much of an improvement over WinXP.

So far as i can tell, XP does everything better than W7 except for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s MISERY mod.