is reportedly cutting the cost of its Windows 8.1
licensing fees on cheaper PCs and tablets in an attempt to remain competitive in the lower-end market. According to Bloomberg’s sources, manufacturers will pay just $15 to preinstall the OS on any device that sells for less than $250 instead of the normal $50.
It’s notable that there’s no form factor requirement or size restrictions, nor a touch requirement, meaning that the discount could apply to inexpensive notebooks and tablets alike.
This is a clear effort to fight back against market-invading forces such as inexpensive Android tablets and the growing spate of chromebooks
on the market.
The measure to slash licensing costs may only help so much, though; the same sources noted that some manufacturers are already paying as little as $30 to license Windows after Microsoft incentives as it is.