Microsoft is said to have slashed license fees of Windows 8.1 by 70 percent to help companies roll out cheaper tablet devices. What this means is that companies will now be required to pay just $15 for each Windows device they sell against the $50 that it used to be. This is applicable to devices that are priced $250 or lower though there is no specific mention of this being applicable only in case of tablet devices. Further, there are no size limitations either or whether the devices should offer a touchscreen experience.
Microsoft hopes this will drive demand for Windows tablets while they can look forward to maintain their profits from increased sale of the tablet devices. Such a move is expected to ward off the challenge posed by the low cost Android tablets. Google’s Android make up the bulk of the tablet purchases in the budget segment. Also, if tablets aren’t reason enough for the dwindling sales of notebook devices, the Chromebooks seems to have the potential to wipe off whatever is left of the once mighty notebook segment. Microsoft hopes to reverse the trend now that companies will have to pay just $15 to license Windows 8.1 thereby helping maintain a balance against the growing clout of Google and its Android OS.
We have already seen a clutch of 8 inch tablets running Windows 8.1 though nearly all of them are priced $299. Its not known whether these will benefit from the new licensing rates as Microsoft had started to offer these are reduced rates via its own stores. Meanwhile, we sure can look forward to a new crop of tablet devices coming our way that will be priced $250 at the most. Worth mentioning here, Microsoft had resorted to a similar approach earlier when it had slashed Widnows XP fees that helped them score a win against Linux based netbooks. It is up against a more established Android user base this time and it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the days to come.