Report: Microsoft Offered Discounts on Windows 8, Office for Small Screen Portables
March 6, 2013 9:22 AM
comment(s) - last by
Microsoft cutting prices to increase demand for Windows 8 devices
One of the most expensive parts of constructing a computer for most manufacturers isn't hardware; it's the software. This is particularly true when a mobile device such as the tablet or notebook uses the Windows operating system.
Sources closes to the
Wall Street Journal
cite that Microsoft has recently offered price breaks on key software to
help spur sales
. According to the sources, the Redmond, Washington-based software giant is offering discounts on Windows 8 and Office to manufacturers installing the software on small touchscreen enabled laptop computers.
In late February, Microsoft was offering both pieces of software together for $30 when used on touchscreen devices with screens under 10.8-inches. The typical price for that software pairing is about $120.
The software discounts should in turn result in lower prices for consumers, which translate into increased sales for Microsoft. Sales for Windows 8 continue to be
lower than Microsoft had hoped
A Microsoft spokesman said, "As we've said before, Windows 8 was built to scale across all sizes of PCs and tablets—large and small. We continue to work with partners to ensure that Windows is available across a diverse range of devices."
Wall Street Journal
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Biggest problem with Windows 8
3/6/2013 2:58:47 PM
It doesn't scale at all in size. On tablets where you can't upgrade the hardware, they need to reduce the footprint.
RE: Biggest problem with Windows 8
3/7/2013 3:41:25 PM
They need to get the restore crap off the disk. The restore stuff is taking up 15GB and the average consumer has no idea how to remove it. Just provide a restore DVD!
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
Microsoft: Windows 8 Sales "Just Getting Started"
February 5, 2013, 6:18 AM
Windows 8 Usage Sinks Below Vista Levels
January 4, 2013, 12:39 PM
Apple Launches iOS 8 for iPads, iPhones
September 17, 2014, 1:54 PM
Apple Cripples NFC in iPhone 6, 6+ With Developer Ban
September 17, 2014, 1:00 PM
5.7" ZTE ZMAX "Phablet" Coming to T-Mobile Sept 24 for $252
September 17, 2014, 11:50 AM
Sony Forecasts $1.7B "Impairment Charge" Due to Poor Smartphone Sales
September 17, 2014, 9:40 AM
More Evidence Points Towards 1GB of RAM for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
September 16, 2014, 3:35 PM
D-Link Offers Lower Priced Wi-Fi Smart Plug to Remotely Power On/Off Your Devices
September 16, 2014, 2:22 PM
Most Popular Articles
Dell Announces "World's Thinnest" Tablet: The Venue 8 7000 Series
September 11, 2014, 8:51 AM
Quick Note: Buy an Xbox One Sept 7-13, Get a Free Game
September 4, 2014, 10:42 AM
Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch
September 9, 2014, 2:09 PM
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0, Beefs Up Wi-Fi Calling
September 11, 2014, 2:56 PM
Russian Hackers Compile List of 10+ Million Stolen Gmail, Yandex, Mailru
September 11, 2014, 11:41 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information