Gabe Newell, thirteen-year Microsoft employee, self-described "producer on the first three releases of Windows", and now co-founder and managing director of video game developer Valve, has condemned Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 OS as "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space." Speaking at the Casual Connect video game conference in Seattle, Newell said that due to Windows 8,
"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."
Of course, Newell may unintentionally be referring to his own company's profit margins here, as Valve's popular online distribution service Steam, will be in direct competition with Windows 8's Windows Store.
Newell is instead championing a move to Linux, stating that Valve is working to bring Left 4 Dead 2 and other Steam titles to Linux as "a hedging strategy" just in case his predictions about Windows 8 come true.
This isn't the first time Newell has publicly voiced his strong disapproval of a product. In 2007, he famously called Sony's Playstation 3 "a total disaster" and "a waste of everybody's time" before changing his mind in 2010 by stating that the best version of Valve's Portal 2 would be on the Playstation 3.
Source: Ars Technica