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Microsoft charges $85 for Windows RT license

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Jun 2012 13:31 User comments (4)

Microsoft charges $85 for Windows RT license It appears that Microsoft is charging tablet OEMs $85 to license Windows RT.
Many had speculated that Microsoft would drop the price in order to push Windows tablets, but that does not seem to be the case. OEMs speaking at the Computex event say they are being charged between $80 and 95 dollars, although most were at $85.

Because of this charge, it is highly unlikely that Windows RT devices will be able to match the price of Android alternatives. Android is free to use thus allowing for more flexibility with components and price.

To be fair, Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office included, which is expensive in its own right but the move makes it clear that we won't be seeing sub-$500 Windows RT tablets, at least not at launch.

At Computex, the most commonly cited prices ranged from $549-799.

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4 user comments

112.6.2012 15:17

Aaaah... that new Windows cologne. It's called Windows RT. It's a cross between greed & fascism mixed with a popular scent of after morning 80s cocaine nostril burn, ass & guilt.

I mean, they won't feel a bit guilty... because the vendors will just send the screwing on done to the consumers as the 80s business model has always dictated, but they'll have to do the morning walk of shame when we keep calling back after 8 continually crashes.


212.6.2012 19:06

Originally posted by LordRuss:
...but they'll have to do the morning walk of shame when we keep calling back after 8 continually crashes.
Who's "we"? I'm not buying one of these things. :-D

312.6.2012 20:30

nor me.

413.6.2012 13:21

Originally posted by nonoitall:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
...but they'll have to do the morning walk of shame when we keep calling back after 8 continually crashes.
Who's "we"? I'm not buying one of these things. :-D
Originally posted by ddp:
nor me.
Ok, Ok, but some of us are going to have to hear the whining of those that 'do' come home shuffling their feet beside them from the full all night, fecal onslaught of the sodomy known as 'gotta be first to try it' syndrome.

Then think we're going to be the one's to hold their collective heads/hair while they spend the next hours/days trying to convince us that they'll "never do it again...", "all the girls do this", "the check's in the mail"...
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