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Microsoft slashes licensing fees for Windows 8.1 by 70 percent to fend off Chromebooks

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Feb 2014 22:42 User comments (3)

Microsoft slashes licensing fees for Windows 8.1 by 70 percent to fend off Chromebooks Multiple sources are reporting today that Microsoft has taken drastic measures to fend off operating system rivals, most notably Google's Chrome OS.
If accurate, the sources are claiming that Windows 8.1 licenses have been slashed by 70 percent for low-end PC and tablet makers.

For devices that sell for under $250, Windows 8.1 will cost just $15 to have pre-installed, compared to the normal $50 fee. There will be few desktops and laptops that meet this threshold, but there are expected to be a significant amount of tablets.

Interestingly, products under the price threshold will not have to meet logo certification (hardware compatibility verification) and the devices do not even need to be touch-screen compatible.

Any OEM taking advantage of the steep discount will not be eligible for Microsoft's other marketing support and incentives.

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3 user comments

122.2.2014 13:39

Or another way to look at it, you get what you pay for, even then Windows 8, or 8.x is still over priced after the 80% price cut...

223.2.2014 15:10

They need to just make it free and even then, I still wouldn't use it.

328.2.2014 10:57

The Windows ship is sinking! Slashing license fees to gain market share clearly show that Windows is not the OS of choice.

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