Valve, the gaming giant is set to provide non-gaming software in its download store – Steam. The move is mainly made because more and more people are wanting apps in their store:
"the first set of software titles heading to Steam, marking a major expansion to the platform most commonly known as a leading destination for PC and Mac games. The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games. 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."
Non-games will appear in Steam from 5th of September, as per sources. Users will benefit from automatic updates and ability to save data in Steam Cloud Space.
While most Linux distro's enjoy a software store and repository for installing apps easily, this concept is new in Windows platform. Windows 8 already features a store where users can buy and install apps easily. It will be interesting to see how Steam fares in non-games apps.