Steam, the popular Mac, PC and soon Linux video game marketplace, will soon be offering non-gaming applications such as productivity, creative and social apps. These applications will hit the Steam marketplace by September 5th. The advantages to buying applications via Steam, while minor, are still pretty neat. You’ll get simple installation, auto-updates and access to Steam’s cloud network. With Steam, users will be able to sync progress within documents and other projects over Steam’s cloud. This is great for users who own multiple computers and work with productivity and creative apps. However, for users with only one computer, this may not be of much use.
Personally, I think that Steam selling non-gaming applications will be a big hit for Windows users as they do not yet have a well organized way to download and distribute apps like the Mac App Store. However, I don’t think that this will take off for OS X as users already have a centralized place to buy and distribute software. On the other hand, some developers may prefer selling via Steam as they don’t have to conform to Apple’s strict submission standards.
Will you be using Steam to purchase applications for your Mac or PC? Let us know in the comments!