Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2012 00:28 UTC
Games Valve's Gabe Newall on Linux and Windows 8: "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It's a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is 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."
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Interesting but wrong
by Gullible Jones on Thu 26th Jul 2012 01:44 UTC
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Microsoft has Windows 7 to fall back on. If Windows 8 is a flop, they'll go back to the old Win7 interface paradigm for the next version in the interests of maintaining their desktop monopoly. Only this time they'll brand it as a totally new thing. Maybe they'll add dynamic tiling support and claim it's their innovation, I don't know... They'll find a way to hype it somehow. Perhaps they'll split Windows into tablet and desktop editions.

Seriously though - these people did not make money by being stupid. Windows 8 is a bit on the wild and wooly side, but it's backed up by a solid product that has been a huge success. They're not going to let one wrongheaded idea eat the company.

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