If there is an edge that Chromebooks typically have over regular Windows or even Mac laptops is that they’re considerably cheaper. Granted there are limitations to what one can do on a Chromebook, but if you’re a very casual user, Chromebooks should do just fine. That being said it seems that Microsoft doesn’t want to give Google the edge when it comes to cheap laptops.
According to a report from DigiTimes, word on the street has it that Microsoft is working on a cheap Windows 10 laptop that could cost as much as $169. That is an extremely affordable price tag and would allow Microsoft to appeal to customers on a budget, especially those in emerging markets who might otherwise not be able to afford a laptop.
This seems to corroborate an earlier claim that Microsoft could also be planning a low-cost Windows 10. According to their sources, it seems that Microsoft isn’t too happy about cutting its licensing prices but apparently this is something they’re forced to do if they’re hoping to prevent Google’s Chromebooks from gaining more ground than they already have.
The Redmond company is said to be working with companies such as Acer, Lenovo, and Inventec to create these laptops which will cost as low as $169 and go up to $249. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but like we said price is something Google’s Chromebooks have an advantage over Windows-based laptops, so we wouldn’t be too surprised if Microsoft were to start finding a way to make their products cheaper.