Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 18:45 UTC
Games Valve has just announced it will start selling applications through Steam. "The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you. More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight." I feel like a broken record at this point, but guys and girls, Valve is going to release specifications for a 'Steambox'. A set of minimum specifications a Linux or Windows machine has to adhere to, either self-built or by an OEM. Steam pre-installed, can be used as regular PC and as a console. With Windows 8 locking itself down, this is their only option - and I applaud it.
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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by daedalus on Thu 9th Aug 2012 07:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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Vista sold hundreds of millions of copies, hatred is a gross overstatement.

And how many of those hundreds of millions were people buying Vista off the shelf without it being bundled with a PC. Not many I'll bet. The vast majority I'm sure were people buying new PCs, and we all know that for a couple of years there the average Joe had no choice but to buy Vista when they wanted a new PC. Bearing in mind that this was a time of massive reductions in the prices of laptops, and when you could see everyone and their granny getting new laptops, it's no wonder Vista had good sales figures.

It doesn't mean it wasn't hated. I've "fixed" dozens of people's laptops over the past 5 years or so by wiping Vista from them and putting XP or 7 in instead. Everyone's been delighted. I also know a few more computery types who bought laptops during this time, and wiped them straight away for XP or 7. Still counted as a Vista sale.

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