Windows 8 has certainly generated a lot of debate among past and current Windows users. A person who has had some experience with actually creating a version of Windows is Gabe Newell. Newell worked at Microsoft for 13 years on the first three versions of Windows before departing the company to co-found Valve, makers of best selling games like the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead and Portal series, not to mention the Steam PC game download store.
that during a dinner speech on Tuesday at the Casual Connect conference in Seattle, Newell discussed a number of topics. One of them was Windows 8, which Newell clearly doesn't care for at all. He stated:
I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think 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. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.