Microsoft’s latest OS hurts everyone in PC business, says Valve boss
Valve chief executive Gabe Newell once again voiced his criticisms of the closed nature of Windows 8 as a platform in an interview with The Verge.
Newell was among the previous notable figures who opposed the closed nature of the new Windows 8 OS, and once again expanded on his complaints. Speaking at the recent CES in Las Vegas, he said, “Windows 8 was like this giant sadness. It just hurts everybody in the PC business.”
Newell cited the disappointing sales of Windows 8, which he claims is showing a 20 percent decline in like-for-like sales of Windows 7.
“It’s like ‘holy cow that’s not what the new generation of the operating system is supposed to do.’ There’s supposed to be a 40 percent uptake, not a 20 percent decline, so that’s what really scares me.,” Newell said. “I find Windows 8 unusable.”
Newell has been one of the primary figures in voicing criticism of the Windows 8 platform.
Early in the year, Newell called Windows 8 “a catastrophe.” Valve’s lack of faith in the new edition of Windows appeared to drive the developer’s decision to make Steam available on Linux machines.
At the time, Newell said, “I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”