Microsoft will implement a 70 percent discount on the price of Windows 8.1 for inexpensive devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. This follows a similar report last year.
Device makers 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," according to Bloomberg.
A similar reports last year also cited discounts.). But that report cited size and device-type restrictions. That will no longer apply, however, said Bloomberg. (Other
Some observers see this as Microsoft rising to meet the challenge of Google Chrome-OS based Chromebooks, which typically range from less than $200 to about $300., for example.
Bloomberg also cited the fact that Microsoft said earlier this month that it had sold 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since October of 2012, a rate of adoption slower than Windows 7.
And global PC shipments fell 10 percent last year -- a record -- according to IDC, though Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman said this week that.