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Microsoft Cuts Windows 8.1 Price by 70% to Counter Google

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    Microsoft Cuts Windows 8.1 Price by 70% to Counter Google


    Microsoft is planning to cut Windows 8.1 price by up to 70 percent for manufacturers selling devices powered by its operating system in an attempt to counter the growth of rival platforms, including Google’s Chromebooks, a new report claims.

    Bloomberg is writing, via unofficial sources, that OEMs will be charged only $15 for Windows 8.1 if they decide to install the operating system on a device that’s going to retail for less than $250.

    Until now, manufacturers had to pay at least $50, but thanks to the new discount, partners will be allowed to purchase Windows 8.1 cheaper regardless of the size or type of device, the same report adds.
    Read the rest here:Microsoft Cuts Windows 8.1 Price by 70% to Counter Google [Bloomberg]

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    I wonder how much the end user is going to benefit from that incentive!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    I wonder how much the end user is going to benefit from that incentive!?
    I'm pessimistic.
    Very little, I expect.
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    M$ is getting closer to FREE.
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    How many of you guys are running computers that cost less than $250? I'm certainly not and that the requirement for OEM's to get this cheaper price.
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    I think the real story is that they charge OEM $50 only while skimming endusers. At $50 for everyone, piracy would almost die, and more people would switch to new OS. (I'm not commenting on the W8 GUI)
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    My whole Win 8.1 set-up, desktop and led (non touch) monitor was a tad over $300. It is not fancy, believe me, but until I get the other computers where they need to be to get online, it is quite sufficient for my needs. I have stated in other forums, if you can tolerate Crazy Eight, you can get one heck of a deal on computers that nobody wants. But, as all Microsoft software, 8 really tops the cake as not playing well with others. ( And I am comparing 8 to 3.1 that did not like my PC-DOS and was a nightmare to get working side by side.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    M$ is getting closer to FREE.
    Believe it or not. Bill Gates forecast that in the mid 90's
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    Gates' forecasting that his software was going to be free? Okay...I think he forgot that idea. Remember this, it is the computer manufacturers that are dropping the price of their machines to get rid of them. Microsoft already got the money thru OEMs, there was no cut if the preloads didn't sell. And also note, the cut only pertains to "devises" not "computers". Plus where is the cut if you buy the software?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I'm certainly not and that the requirement for OEM's to get this cheaper price.
    Lost in translation?
    What were you trying to say?
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