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Valve Announces Steam Goes Beyond Gaming

Valve

Published on 08 August 2012 03:16 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve
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Valve officially confirmed today that their Steam distribution software will go beyond just offering games and will provide applications from "creativity to productivity" software.

Valve's new Steam will go beyond just games and offer all sorts of software while still providing the same Steamworks benefits like easy/automated installation, automatic updating, and being able to safe your work into the Steam Cloud.

The launch will happen on 5 September.

This move will now align the Steam client into much greater competition with Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 store as well as Apple's App Store and Canonical's Ubuntu Software Center, etc.

The announcement can be found at SteamPowered.com.

Coincidentally, I was questioned about Steam supporting applications just a few days ago along with a rumoured Steam Linux distribution and Steam Box on the Linux Action Show podcast -- the video is available from that article. I also mentioned another announcement was expected very soon, and as we see now, a new Valve Software announcement did happen just three days later. (Anyone with additional questions or seeking other thoughts can potentially get them answered via letting me know on Twitter at @MichaelLarabel -- or just following there for when additional information is shared.)

SIGGRAPH LA 2012 is also happening right now and Valve will be showing off their Linux work where more excitement will be had.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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