Gabe Newell via The Verge:
“I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll 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 that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”
Either way, it’s a shame. I have used Windows 8 on both a laptop and a desktop. The experience on either is relatively the same on the desktop side but the Metro-interface really fails to be compelling without great trackpads. That is definitely my biggest burn with Windows 8.
And coupled with my parents visceral reaction to Windows 8, I feel without some major marketing, this won’t end well.