Microsoft says that $199 notebooks running Windows 8.1 will be here this holiday season

Chromebooks are increasingly becoming a popular option for both regular consumers and educational institutions. Both Acer and HP offers Chromebooks that are priced at the $200 price point, which is enough low enough to get price conscious-buyers to take notice.
To combat this insurgence, Microsoft and its partners will put further pressure on Chromebooks this holiday season. Just in time for the holiday shopping rush, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said that Hewlett-Packard will release a $199 “Stream” notebook that will offer the best of both worlds: 1) the low pricing of Chromebooks and 2) the vast software ecosystem of that only Windows can provide.
In fact, Microsoft provided the following slide deck to point out its competitive advantages over Chromebooks:
As some have already pointed out, Microsoft attempted to go down this route with Windows XP and netbooks a few years back, but that didn’t turn out to well for consumers that were stuck with underpowered, cheaply-built machines.
Microsoft’s most recent efforts to make a further push down-market came with the announcement of Windows 8.1 with Bing. Microsoft offers this version of Windows for a “low-cost” in exchange for making Bing the default search engine in Internet Explorer when a customer takes delivery of a new computer.
We’ve already seen Toshiba’s Encore 2 tablet come to market sporting Windows 8.1 with Bing and a $199 price tag to match. And it will likely only be a matter of time before we start seeing $99 Windows 8.1 tablets as well.

Source: The Verge

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