Microsoft to Cut Price of Windows 8.1 By 70% for Makers of Low-Cost Devices?

Microsoft to Cut Price of Windows 8.1 By 70% for Makers of Low-Cost Devices?

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Microsoft is dropping the price of Windows 8.1 by 70% for makers of low-cost computers and tablets, reports Bloomberg. The move is an attempt to counter increased competition from Google's Chromebooks and other rivals.

Manufacturers will be charged $15 to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250, instead of the usual fee of $50, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren’t public. The discount will apply to any products that meet the price limit, with no restrictions on the size or type of device, the people said.

Sales of the Google Chromebook rocketed in 2013. 1.76 million units were sold compared to just 0.4 million last year. Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all notebook sales, up from a negligible share in 2012, and 8% of total computer and tablet sales, up from 0.1% in 2012.

Microsoft likely hopes that lowering license fees may encourage manufacturers to release more tablets running Windows and more low-cost notebooks to fight off the increasingly popular Chromebook.

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Microsoft to Cut Price of Windows 8.1 By 70% for Makers of Low-Cost Devices?
Stamps - February 24, 2014 at 9:43pm
Great, when can I expect to run windows on iPad?
shithead - February 25, 2014 at 8:32pm
I already do. Didn't you get the update? you may need iTunes 10.1.7, but it works great and I don't have to deal with stupid i(uh)OS.
crapBrain - February 25, 2014 at 8:58pm
What's the deal with that when bicrosoft fcks up what has been improving for so long until now, and drains the style with big squares and all one color crap? Try the trackpad with it, you'll be so proud.
Apple stated - February 22, 2014 at 4:37pm
Sorry suckers windows will always be around this will lower the profits but will maintain their marketshare and google is evil. Data miners
You're kidding right? - February 22, 2014 at 4:01pm
I own a PBPro and run winXP thru parallels when I have to. Tried Vista, tried 7, laughed at 8 and am sticking to the one they gave up on but, IMHO, the best one they ever produced...
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