July 17, 2012

Valve Confirm ‘Steam’, ‘Left 4 Dead 2′ Coming to Ubuntu

Ubuntu will finally experience a true gaming central platform with Valve's recent annoucement to bring their digital games distribution client 'Steam' and 'Left 4 Dead 2' to Linux.

This is no rumour, everything has been planned and officially announced by Valve.

'Fully-Featured Steam Client'

Writing on the Valve blog – in their first post on Steam for Linux – the gaming titans shared their plans:
“The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available.”
But what’s a game store without a game?
“…we’re also porting L4D2 to Ubuntu. This tests the game-related features of the Steam client, in addition to L4D2 gameplay on Ubuntu.”
The company have stated three main focuses for their Linux endeavour:
  • Porting Steam client to Linux with full functionality
  • Optimising a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
  • Bringing more Valve titles to Linux

Right now, there has no been date set for release. Valve say that an internal beta will be launched 'in the near future' to help hone features and mechanisms of the game.

Valve, in their announcement, cite Ubuntu’s popularity and ‘recognition with the general gaming and developer communities’ as being their reason for gracing it with their presence first. They do state plans to support other distributions in the future.

Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft has unveiled plans for Microsoft Office 2013. It is the next version after Microsoft Office 2010 and will contain many changes. Here are a few FAQs about the new office suite.

What is it called?

Well, there really isn't an official name at the moment. Microsoft is calling it "The New Microsoft Office", so I guess to follow tradition it should be called Office 2013.

How many different versions are there?

Office 2013 will come in a variety of versions for home and business users, but the full set of prices and packages hasn't been unveiled yet. Meanwhile, Office 365's subscription-based cloud service comes in tiers: Home Premium (20GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes a month included), Small Business Premium (shared calendars, business-class mail, HD conferencing), and ProPlus (enterprise). Buying Office 2013 will get you maintenance updates only, but staying subscribed to Office 365 will give you big updates down the pike as well.

How many devices will it support?

Your purchase of Office 2013 will be able to install on up to five PCs. You can deactivate versions to install on other devices after that. You'll need a free Windows Live Microsoft account to use cloud-based document sharing via SkyDrive.

When will it be available?

That hasn't been announced yet, but it would make sense to launch the new version of Office in time for the launch of Windows 8.

How much does it cost?

That hasn't been announced.

Check out the source link below for full FAQs, previews, and thoughts.

UPDATE: You can now download the Customer Preview version here

[via CNET]