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[2]: Comment by Nelson
by ilovebeer on Thu 9th Aug 2012 02:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

The fact that their new 'Desktop' OS is in fact a wannabe Tablet OS, will hurt them (They have so many customers now, I don't think it'll kill them, but it sure will drive a lot of users to Mac or Linux.)

I agree that Windows 8 won't kill Microsoft, but drive users to Mac or Linux? Nope. It will drive users to do nothing, literally. People will just keep their current (Windows 7) systems and not bother until whatever comes next (after Windows 8) just like they always do.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Dr.Mabuse on Thu 9th Aug 2012 02:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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2009-05-19

It will drive users to do nothing, literally. People will just keep their current (Windows 7) systems and not bother until whatever comes next (after Windows 8) just like they always do.


Why exactly was this modded down?

At least in the corporate environment, many have just finished migrating to Windows 7, or are still in the process of doing it.

If Win8 bombs or just doesn't fit their needs people *will* just stay put. I can tell you right now, my organisation is certainly in no rush to go to the next version and if we do move anywhere it's gotta be able to run all the applications Win XP and 7 are capable of running now.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 9th Aug 2012 04:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I agree, businesses would sit out Windows 8 regardless of Metro. There simply isn't the will to roll out massive updates every three years to their systems.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by bassbeast on Fri 10th Aug 2012 19:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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2007-11-11

You should be modded up to 50, because you just nailed it. Win 7 has been out barely 3 years, most businesses are just NOW getting it deployed, and the home users? They're happy with it.

I can tell you in my little shop I have a Win 8 system for people to play with alongside the Win 7 units and frankly it doesn't take long for Win 8 to tick them off and they are back onto the Win 7 machines. It has nice features, better memory management than previous versions, and is supported until 2020...why EXACTLY would they want to go to Linux or Mac, where their programs don't run, in the case of Linux they'll have to learn forum hunts and bash fixes, and for what? What does it give them above Win 7? Nothing, just more hassle.

Win 8 is the new MS Bob, Win 7 the new XP. Just as XP is just now dying out after a decade plus of use so too will you see plenty of Win 7 machines in 2017 as there really isn't any reason to switch.

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