A couple of months ago we heard a rumor that suggested that Microsoft could be looking to cut the price on Windows 8 and Office in a bid to attract more OEMs to their platform. As it turns out the rumor was true as Microsoft has confirmed this themselves. This is according to Microsoft’s OEM division head, Nick Parker, who confirmed this during Computex 2013 which is currently held in Taiwan. However the price cuts do have some conditions attached, one of the main ones being that this is only applicable to OEMs who plan to manufacture smaller-sized Windows devices, basically tablets or laptops that are 10.1” in size or smaller.
Microsoft is supposedly cutting the licensing price by two-thirds, which is said to be roughly $100 before rebates. It definitely sounds like a pretty good incentive to get more OEMs on board, especially with the previous rumor suggesting that Windows RT could be getting a price cut as well to help attract more OEMs to make ARM-based Windows RT tablets as well.
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