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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RE: Gabe's sky is falling
by Chrispynutt on Thu 26th Jul 2012 12:09 UTC in reply to "Gabe's sky is falling"
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I think he means margins in the PC business.

The great white hope of PC hardware has been the Ultrabook. They hoped to get away from wafer thin margins with that. It hasn't worked. Acer for example just had to make a few bad moves and they slumped down the rankings, like HP to an extent.

There is desperation for the PC business to get out of the race for the bottom. By hacking in touch and all that in the next great White hope is in Software, Windows 8. The OEMs are hoping against hope that they can get ahead by enhancing the market they already exist in. Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo have either failed or just not done well in the expanding mobile market.

They want some high margins to give them a buffer against the odd strategic mistake.

If Windows 8 fails, it will be another generation of Windows where the race to the bottom is still in place in a shaky global financial market. It is not unreasonable to think that an Acer or HP PC business could full on fail.

Yahoo was at the top once, everybody needed search and Yahoo was search. The desktop PC market doesn't owe any OEM or OS maker. It just has to do what people want.

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