Last month Joystiq showed a leak in the Android Steam app that listed various categories such as Education, Audio Production, Design & Illustration and more. Valve already sells a few non-game related items in the Steam Store such as Indie Game: The Movie, but nothing like Excel or Photoshop.
“The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games,” said Mark Richardson at Valve. “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.”
That’s exactly what they plan on doing with rolling out the latest expansion to Steam by allowing software titles to be submitted to Steam Greenlight and if approved, will be able to be purchased through the Steam Store and can take advantage of many Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space. This doesn’t come as a total surprise with comments like Gabe telling Adobe they should run their next version of Photoshop like a F2P game and them telling him “We have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds really bad.”
I’ve got mixed reactions because I don’t always care to have all my eggs in one basket and I already use Ninite to install most of my “necessary” software like Foxit, Firefox, Adobe Flash, etc. I also hope this means that more software I need will be compatible with Linux due to all the steps Valve has taken recently to expand into the free OS, although this is just speculation for the time being.