This dude absolutely won’t cut Microsoft any slack.

In an interview with The Verge at CES 2013, Gabe Newell called Windows 8 “this giant sadness”. He doesn’t seem to be impressed with the latest Windows 8 numbers…

His quote:

The thing about Windows 8 wasn’t just [Microsoft’s] distribution. As somebody who participates in the overall PC ecosystem, it’s totally great when faster wireless networks and standards come out, or when graphics get faster.

Windows 8 was like this giant sadness. It just hurts everybody in the PC business. Rather than everybody being all excited to go buy a new PC, buying new software to run on it, we’ve had a 20+ percent decline in PC sales — 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. When I started using it I was like “oh my god…” I find [Windows 8] unusable.

He is unapologetically anti-Windows 8 but it’s hard to tease out if it’s simply because he doesn’t like the new OS, because he is opposed to the Microsoft store or both.



About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • DCJason

    Negative people breed negative comments. Can we get a comment/opinion of someone at CES who thinks Windows 8 is great, so we get a balance?

    • t

      nazis were good. that balanced enough?

  • Patrick Santry

    Windows 8 is essentially a version 1 product, deployment has and will be slow, but Windows 8 has brought a lot to the table. iOS is getting stale, and hasn’t been updated in six years, at least with Metro UI Microsoft has brought a fresh look to mobile.

    • Jack Shofner

      The only thing that Windows 8 has brought to the table is confusion. This fresh look to mobile was on Windows 7 phones, and it was a complete failure. Windows 8 is a compiled mess of two different types user interfaces. Look back to the Commodore 128 computer – one computer that ran three operating systems. Was this a success? No, it was not a success.

  • Dan Stephens

    I still think that MS handled the whole “I wanna be Apple” thing wrong. They started adopting th Apple approach on WP7 (right down to the first release won’t multi-task and doesn’t have copy and paste – All Windows CE devices had that from version 1). People buy Windows because of the flexibility of the ecosystem. People buy Apple because Apple says they have an upgrade.
    OTOH … Most of what I’ve seen for complaints (or complained about) seems to be surrounded in the hybrid tablet/desktop interchange. So, I wonder if MS wasn’t Apple enough on release 1. Consider the scenario (brought to you by hindsight 20/20):
    Microsoft released only WinRT with only the Metro interface. No desktop confusion. You can’t have old apps running here anyway. Metro would have been cleaner standing alone. With no desktop/laptop/tablet on Win8 to compare against, it would have looked truly innovative and would have been compared to iPad straight up. As it is, it was compared to Windows 7/XP/Vista for all that it wasn’t.
    6 to 8 months later (It’s kind of going this way anyway), they could have released an upgrade/add-on/new version of Windows for Tablets and trickled in the feature and access to Metro. Honestly, Metro is just as easily created as a VM on any Windows version. Like browsers, it is a sandboxed playground.
    The other foot shot was the price. It has been long known that Apple charges a premium and that their fans are willing to to pay it for the chance to look cool. The Windows PC marketplace has always been a bargain hunt. Computers are reviewed on a best bang for the buck basis. Using Apple as a pricing model was a major SNAFU.
    And if that wasn’t bad enough, a couple of CloverTrail machines are price competitive with the Surface. They have pretty good batter and weight numbers, too for comparison. So for the same price, but faster hardware Clovertrail kills ARM. There is no weight advantage, no speed advantage, no battery life advantage to ARM, but there is a backwards compatibility advantage for Clovertrail. And when the price is the same … well, ARM is a dead horse at the current prices.

  • Dan Dar33

    Is he’s talking about W8 being faster on old computers, or the MS cheaper upgrade offer till the end of the month? Cause if he is, he might be right hurting the new computer sales – not requiring a new computer to run the new Windows, although that would be partly true cause people should still want a tablet or a hybrid laptop to get the best of it, with touch and all – but I don’t care, I very much like it as it is, running my old computers 🙂 and probably wouldn’t have bought a new computer just for that anyways. Would’ve kept on going with W7 and maybe considered W8 two years from now.

  • 1stkorean

    Has this fat pig looked in a mirror lately and seen how ugly he is? What makes him such an authority on Windows 8 anyway. I think the people who have it and are enjoying it are a better authority than this slob. I have it on my laptop and gave it as Xmas gifts and think it is absolutely Awesome.

  • Alphere

    Oh common, enough with this “confusion with new UI”. I mastered the Metro UI in an hour. How hard can it be??? These guys are just too lazy to learn new stuffs.

  • shiytremarqua

    somebody shut the fuck this man up!! hey Onuora please don’t post this kind of shit over in here..why he cant deal with its own business? did this giant fucking guy a owner of competitor software firm or something?..bullshit in sense & appearance.