Steam Will Offer Non-Gaming Software Starting September 5th

Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012 at 01:30 AM PDT by Dick Ward

But will we be seeing massive savings on tax software bundles in the Steam holiday sale?

Over the last decade, Steam has gone from something of an annoyance in the DRM department to a massive digital distribution platform for PC games. Now the service is expanding past gaming and into more traditional software.

Starting September 5th, Valve will be launching software titles in categories like Productivity, Design & Illustration, Education, Software Training and more. You'll be able to get your tax, spreadsheet and other software from the same place you get your videogames -a good excuse as any to have Steam installed at work.

"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," says Valve's Mark Richardson. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."

Valve has not yet elaborated as to which titles will be available, but we're just under a month from finding out.

Source: Tom's Hardware

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