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Newell: Windows 8 Will "Accelerate" Microsoft's Decline

Jonathan Lester
Gabe Newell, Microsoft, Valve, Windows 8

Newell: Windows 8 Will "Accelerate" Microsoft's Decline

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.

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Kopite211  Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:46

Sounds like Mr Newell didn't get an invite to Bills party.....

iPHAILZz  Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:03

Lets hope my 200+ games don't "disintegrate" with that statement...

Harryisme  Sep. 16, 2012 at 16:44

This is the same person that badmouthed the PS3 for years, said how it's the worst console ever and how his company would never support it, then a few years later, he comes on stage and at PS3's E3 conference and announce how the PS3 version will be the best console version...why? Because Sony let him add Steam support for the game.

He sold out, and now it's the same with the Win8, MS are pushing their own online service on this and he doesn't like it, so he complains about the whole OS....odd thing is, SteamTV looks allot like Windows 8 UI. He has some valid points, MS need to make the desktop interface easier to access and not overcomplicate simple procedures, but all that can be changed via updates, if enough people complain. The biggest improvement they've made is the speed of the OS, it's given old hardware new life, and it's given all their platforms a uniform interface so you can go from their phone OS, to Tablet to PC with no trouble.

Gabe is a great developer and steam service is awesome but at the end of the day he's a business man and I'd take what he says with a grain of salt, he's been known to be wrong in the past.

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