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Valve shot me off an email a couple of hours ago, telling me that a major update was coming for the Steam service sometime next week. According to the email this was a significant update, probably the largest yet. Here is the press release about the update:

Steam, a leading
PC platform for the delivery and management of games

Similar to the Free Weekends, Guest Passes and the features included in this Winter Update are further examples of the advanced services and functionality offered via Steam that define it as a pioneering service, reaching far beyond traditional downloaders.

Here's a look at some of the key features to be rolled out to the millions of Steam users in this Winter Update:

Guest Passes
Guest Passes allow owners of certain Steam games (purchased either via Steam or at retail) to let their friends play games for free, for a limited time trial. The first
game to take advantage of this new feature will be Day of Defeat: Source.

Background Client Updates
Since the Steam client was first released, it has always kept itself up to date -- but now it'll do so without making you wait during startup. Instead, it will acquire new updates in the background and then (once they're downloaded) ask if you'd like to restart and apply them. Steam will also let you know what's new whenever a new update is ready to apply.

New User Interface
Steam's got a new coat of paint. We've stripped away all the non-essentials and created a new streamlined appearance, available in five different colors.

Favorites
Steam's catalog of games has grown quite a bit over the past year or so. The new Favorites feature in the My Games tab of Steam allows for quick
access to your favorite Steam games and additional functionality for personalizing your Steam library of content. and digital content, is due for a major release next week. One of the largest in the service's history, next week's update will include Guest Passes, Background Client Updating, a completely updated user interface, and more.
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Letting your friend try out a game so he'll shut-up and stop bugging you will be nice...
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or abusing by going into the ocn css server and spamming.
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I love Steam. It makes it so easy to impulse-buy. The whole elimination of physical product is a huge step forward - I hope more companies go this route in the future.

Anyway - /OT
These updates seem like they will be a positive step. Steam updates are always pretty quick - but it's still annoying to have to wait before it opens. I'm looking forward to seeing the new UI - it's good already so an improvement will no doubt make it great
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sounds good, the game sharing sounds cool
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How about that dual core patch for the source engine?
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How about that dual core patch for the source engine?
Because the source engine already runs good on old hardware.
    
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