“Windows 8 is a catastrophe”

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.


  1. The age of linux is dawning…

    July 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  2. Leif Park Jordan:

    Gaben is probably just afraid of it because it involves a number higher than 2.

    In all seriousness, I don’t like what I’m hearing about Windows 8, so far… I don’t really see the point of why they’re forcing a UI designed for tablets on laptop users.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  3. Jeff Atwood is fawning over Windows 8: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/07/betting-the-company-on-windows-8.html

    I haven’t tried it myself (need to do that sometime), but from an outsider’s standpoint, it really looks like MS is taking Windows into very opposite directions. I don’t know how far it will stretch before it snaps.

    July 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

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