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…
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.