Windows 8 … Gabe Newell isn’t a fan of it

Posted on July 29, 2012 - 12:30pm by Ryan Conway

Microsoft is set launch the full version Windows 8, which the company feels will be an innovative product (not too mention a financial success) but Valve head-honcho Gabe Newell doesn’t share this sentiment. In fact, he doesn’t much care for the latest Windows update at all.

During his time at the Casual Connect conference, Newell was very outspoken about his distaste for the new software, saying that from a gaming standpoint, it will be “a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space.”

"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."

With that said, Newell thinks Linux could potentially stand up to the plate and save the dwindling PC gaming market, which is why Valve is currently hard at work to make Steam’s full 2,500 game library compatible with Linux. But he’s not raising his hopes too high because he feels Linux is holding itself back due to a lack of focus on games.

"People don't realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior." 

Wow. For someone of Gabe’s stature to come out so firmly against Windows 8, you better believe the folks at Microsoft are taking notice of what he has to say. Hopefully they’ll take it as a relevant criticism and work to improve any faults that could be found within the software, rather than taking it as an insult without merit.

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