I´m agreeing with The Happy Friar here, I think Steam is becoming more and more reduntant, who uses a download manager to download anything in 2011?
The reality is the exact opposite of course. Steam (and similar services) are becoming more and more essential.
-Retail sales are going down for various reasons-> some kind of electronic distribution is needed
-The distribution size of games and patches are increasing -> some kind of managed download is needed
-Number of 'newbie'-users are increasing -> A simple way of installing games and updates is needed.
All these are covered by Steam, and since most of us have dozens (or more) of games in our Steam libraries we're locked in and we'll continue using Steam -> buy more Steam games and get even more dependent on it.
There is a reason why Steam is not on mobiles, and it´s not because they´re still working on it. it´s because it´s purposeless there.
The reason Steam is not on mobile-phones is that each mobile platform is proprietary and won't allow Steam entry. Same with the consoles. It's certainly not 'purposeless' there because each mobile-platform have implemented their own 'game download service' with great success. I have no idea if Valve would be interested in the entering the mobile market if they had the chance, but there is clearly a market for such services there.
Likewise on Mac, if you´re a mac user, you see how stupid and pointless steam is. There´s around 40 total games that run on mac if you launch steam and see
I assume that you mean 'if you're a Steam user, you see how stupid and pointless Macs are'. It's not Steams fault that there are few games released for Macs.
Next year when microsoft launches the windows store there won´t be any need to have steam running to get, launch and update games. And this windows store won´t be anything like GfWL.
Why do you think Microsofts effort in this area will be less 'redundant' than Steam?
It's true that Steam will see increased competition in the time ahead (Windows store, Origin, Google?) but new new services will probably work in the same way as Steam so if you dislike Steam you'll probably dislike the competition also.
So far the ones I've tried have all been terrible compared to Steam (GFWL, EA Store, Origin) but I assume that they'll get it right eventually, but by then my Steam library will have grown quite a lot. I already have 120 games there, and unless there's some way of 'moving' them over to a new service Steam will be my primary games service in the foreseeable future.