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Microsoft is looking to counter low-cost Chromebooks running Chrome OS

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft will slash Windows 8.1 licensing fees by 70 percent for makers of low-cost (priced less than $250) computers and tablets. This means that licenses will now be priced at $15 instead of $50.
Microsoft has experienced slowing growth in the operating system market with Windows 8. As we reported earlier this month, sales of Windows 8 thus far have failed to live up to its predecessor, Windows 7.
In addition, customer reaction to Windows 8 has been tepid, forcing Microsoft to make changes to how users interact with the operating system via the already released Windows 8.1 and the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1.

On top of its own internal issues that it has to grapple with, Microsoft is also fighting another battle on the low-end of the PC market against Google and computers running Chrome OS. In fact, low-cost Chromebooks running Chrome OS were able to secure 21 percent of the U.S. notebook market during 2013.
While a license fee reduction for Windows 8.1 will cover the PC and notebook market, the next step may be to make even more drastic price cuts with Windows RT. The Verge reported in December that Microsoft could make Windows RT free to OEMs in an effort to combat iOS- and Android-based tablets.

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: That's great but...
By tonyswash on 2/23/2014 11:23:29 AM , Rating: 1
You can't do anything on a tablet worthwhile, not really. Even composing emails are painfully slow. Anything requiring typing sucks for most people.

An alternative take on what the iPad can and cannot do, and what it's attraction is:

RE: That's great but...
By HomerTNachoCheese on 2/26/2014 9:59:18 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure why you were voted down. You have a valid point regardless if others do not agree. Your link had good illustrations.

Maybe only the first sentence should have been quoted because typing on anything smaller than a traditional keyboard sucks for most people. If I have to switch from proper typing to index finger/thumb typing I am less productive, especially when it comes to hitting the wrong letters.

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