Valve luminary Gabe Newell has elaborated on points made earlier this year, suggesting that Windows 8 represents an attempt to emulate Apple's success with the App Store. However, he reckons that copying a competitor's closed platform could serve to "accelerate" Microsoft's decline, not mark a reversal of fortune.
Indeed, the fact that he feels that Microsoft are in "decline" is interesting in and of itself.
“We would say to Microsoft, we understand all these frustrations about the challenges to your business,” Newell told the New York Times in a recent interview, explaining that he appreciates how Apple's App Store platform represents a major rival to Microsoft's more traditional business model. “But trying to copy Apple will accelerate, not slow, Microsoft’s decline.
Windows 8 launches on October 26th.
Newell also talked about Valve's passion to operate independently, literally stating that he'd rather see the company "disintegrate" rather than sell out. You can read the whole interview here.