Friday, 27 July 2012

BBC News - Valve boss Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 a 'catastrophe'

Hmmm …

Now, I’ve got to admit, I, I saw the linked piece, this morning, when I opened my proverbial mail.

Seemingly, Gabe Newell of Valve Software has publicly stated he thinks that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will be a “catastrophe”.

You can probably imagine what I make of that, can’t you … ?

But at any rate, from reading the article, it seems Mr Newell seems to be griping about Microsoft’s plans for a Windows 8 App Store.

I know it sounds daft, I’ve been using a Mac, now for some years, and know both how awkward it is finding software for it: and how handy the Mac App Store is.

I’m also very aware that, although Apple have tightened security for Mountain Lion, I’m also aware one has a certain amount of choice over exactly what software gets onto your system.

You can pic and choose, and DON’T — on the Mac — have to go through the Store.

But there‘s one thing I HAVE noticed in that article.

That Microsoft is — in addition to adopting an App Store model for Windows 8 — is ALSO copying Apple’s price structure.

In other words, if you’re a developer wanting to sell your wares through Microsoft’s shopfront: you’ll get charged 30% of the gross.

I think thats what’s getting the complaint … 

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