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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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By Shadowmaster625 on 2/24/2014 9:01:48 AM , Rating: 1
The OS is simply terrible. Absolutely terrible, terribly glitchy, buggy, unstable, unintuitive, laggy, etc. The breadth of the failure is astonishing. Everything you do on a windows tablet feels broken. For example there are times when you will close the onscreen keyboard and a window that was maximized before you opened the keyboard will now be stuck in a quasi-maximized state where it thinks it is maximized but there is actually a huge chunk missing from it. So you have to click the maximize button not once but twice in order for it to be fixed. Is that a big deal? Well, in itself not really, but when every single thing you do is riddled with bugs like that, it just makes you want to throw the thing in the trash.




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