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Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell

"The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People donít realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior," says Valve's Gabe Newell as quoted on AllThingsD. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. Itís a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think weíll 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 thatís true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality." Thanks VG247.

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139. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 26, 2012, 10:37 Jay
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 09:18:
Microsoft allows you to make in-app purchase externally to the Windows Store (app certification [4.7]); although it doesn't explicitly state so, that should avoid Microsoft taking a cut of the transaction (the same goes for ads). The trade-off is that the user is prompted every time an external transaction is made. However, if you are indeed correct - which is a distinct possibility - then that would have to be a breach of competition law, at least in the EU. Afterall, Microsoft is already being investigated by the EU for not allowing other browsers onto Windows RT. Otherwise it would be HUGELY destructive for the entire industry.

Oh cool, I didn't know they allowed 3rd party transactions - although as Verno mentioned Microsoft gets final say on what's allowed or not.

Apple is inching towards similar model with their latest OSX (Mountain Lion) - it won't allow you to install apps that aren't digitally signed by Apple. If you want to run unsigned apps, you have to opt out of the Gatekeeper service (assuming users are tech-savvy enough to know what that is). Their excuse is the same as Microsoft's: keep malware out and make the system more secure.

I do hope Microsoft gets into trouble by breach of competition law, as you said, but I'm not familiar with the law to know if that will be the case. Is it still considered anti-competitive when Windows 8 isn't out yet and its marketshare and dominance is yet to be seen?
 
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