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Valve announced earlier this year that it would start to distribute software besides games on Steam this summer. After a short delay, that promise has now been fulfilled. Users of the service will find an announcement at the top of the Store page the next time they log in.

The popular gaming platform hopes to sell traditional software using the same strengths that have made it a dominant force in the gaming industry. Automatic updates, quick online installation and frequent sales should make software appealing to users. Valve is also leveraging Steam Cloud, a feature that automatically uploads save files to a remote server so they are accessible from any computer. This could be an essential extra for some productivity apps.

On the other hand, some users are protesting the fact that software purchased through Steam will be tied down to that service Why I’m No Longer Buying Games On Steam [Opinion] Why I’m No Longer Buying Games On Steam [Opinion] Steam is now approaching 10 years old. Its impact has been undeniable. Millions of gamers enjoy the service’s seamless community services, low prices and excellent selection. I have been one of them – until now.... Read More . It won’t be possible to use purchased software without first installing the client and then downloading and validating through the service. Software will be non-transferable and can’t be re-sold, as is the case with all games sold through Steam.

Valve’s marketing director has responded to criticism by saying “Our customers have told us they’d like to have all of their software on Steam.” The company has also expressed a hope to eventually bring non-gaming software to Steam Greenlight Valve Launches Steam Greenlight, Lets Users Decide Which Games Are Added to Steam [Updates] Valve Launches Steam Greenlight, Lets Users Decide Which Games Are Added to Steam [Updates] A new service from Valve called Steam Greenlight lets users decide what games they’d like to see offered on Steam. With Steam Greenlight, gamers can now browse through a list of new games submitted by... Read More , a platform that lets fans show support for an app in an effort to have it made available on the service.

What do you think? Will you buy software through Steam or would you rather it stuck to games? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: Digital Trends

  1. Scutterman
    October 4, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I don't see why people would have a problem with this. Most software is available in multiple places, and those which aren't is more to do with the developer than the distributor. If they don't like the nature of Steam then they always have the option of not using it and instead buy the software somewhere else or buying different software.

  2. Chris Hoffman
    October 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

    If this requires Steam running and doesn't work too well offline, this definitely won't work for most software.

    • Scutterman
      October 4, 2012 at 7:44 am

      I think it will be like most steam games. Once they're downloaded you can play them while Steam is offline.

      • Chris Hoffman
        October 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        To be fair, Steam's offline support is notoriously problematic.

        (I do love Steam for games, though.)

        • Scutterman
          October 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

          It may be an incentive to improve it. Hopefully anyway.

  3. Fabrice Soopramanien
    October 4, 2012 at 3:02 am

    At last !! :P !!

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