Windows 9 is expected to launch in April 2015, according to some people close to the matter, but aside from a few features that could be included in the operating system, no other details have been provided until now.
Pricing clearly remains one of the biggest dilemmas, not only for users, but also for the Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft, as the company
needs to find the perfect mix that would lead to record sales of its operating system and skyrocketing adoption for the very first days of availability.
Just like ZDNet
writes in a debate over the fair price for Windows 9, a freeware license could be the winning choice for Microsoft
, especially after the disappointing performance of Windows 8.
Stifel Nicolaus analyst Brad Reback also suggested that offering Windows
for free might be Microsoft’s only option to keep up with competition, including Google and Apple.
Offering Windows 9 free of charge to manufacturers would basically lead to many more devices running the platform on the market, while also cutting down their prices, and thus boost the overall adoption in both the PC
and the tablet sectors.