Steam could be sold on the Windows Store, but it would be a somewhat dead piece of software since you wouldn’t be able to buy games through it, just run them once you have purchased them from the Windows Store.
Silly question. If Steam and its ilk are allowed in the Windows Store, in the end does this really matter?
But those games are far from the point for me; I have never played any of them and am not strongly compelled to do so (though I am mildly interested in trying 2 of them).
They are also not the main point of that article.
As it is now, when I want software I go to the developer’s site and get it.
Regardless of what Microsoft has said of the longevity of its desktop feature, I have doubts about it.
Let’s assume a Metro environment.
Let’s say I am ready and willing to sign up and buy it from the Windows store. But that is only my side of things. If the developer never ports it over (Minecraft, SlimDX, MHS, anything anyone has developed in his or her spare time) then I am simply stuck.
There is no guarantee of anything being ported over, and many game companies not (yet) willing to out, with no guarantee they ever will.
No guarantee of ever being able to use my favorite applications and no guarantees as to what kinds of games will be available, but with guarantees on what kinds of games will NOT be available.
This would be fine if it was the App Store. It’s just crap for my New iPad. I never planned on playing Mortal Kombat Super Bloody Gore Version 3,000 on it.
But this is a desktop. My entire life, essentially.
I can’t feel safe with that much of my life under that much control.
Just as my New iPad can be nothing more than a small side part of my life, Windows Metro will, in all of the foreseeable future, be nothing but an on-the-side toy if it has any part in my life at all.
This is unlike my feelings for Windows XP and Windows 7, in which I was entirely fine making either one the main machine in my life.
This is the mentality a lot of people seem to have. People will likely get more and more comfortable with the idea of the Windows machine being just a side as some other platform grows to the forefront of their minds.