Valve has announced that Steam is going to be "expanding beyond games" starting in September.
Steam, Valve's digital distribution service will being offering other types of software on September 5, 2012. These software offerings, which Valve didn't announce, will range in their uses but will mainly be used for creativity and productivity. Additionally, the software will be able to take advantage of Steamworks features like easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work using Steam's cloud storage space.
"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said 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."
While Valve didn't mention the type of software coming to Steam, the Steam Store does list a bunch of non-gaming applications like Accounting, Animation and Modeling, Audio Production, Design and Illustration, Education, Photo Editing, Software Training, and Utilities, so maybe we'll see software for all of these types of applications hitting Steam in September.
Really, it's not too surprising that Steam's expanding beyond games. They've already gone through with other successful projects like Steam For Schools which allows teachers to use games in new ways in the classroom. They've also released successful software like Source Filmmaker to the public, which has resulted in a flurry of amazing videos. Valve's Source Engine is even being used as the backbone for Deep, Shane Acker's new film. We'll just have to wait what's in store for us in September.
I hope it's some type of image editor, with achievements.