If accurate, the sources are claiming that Windows 8.1 licenses have been slashed by 70 percent for low-end PC and tablet makers.
For devices that sell for under $250, Windows 8.1 will cost just $15 to have pre-installed, compared to the normal $50 fee. There will be few desktops and laptops that meet this threshold, but there are expected to be a significant amount of tablets.
Interestingly, products under the price threshold will not have to meet logo certification (hardware compatibility verification) and the devices do not even need to be touch-screen compatible.
Any OEM taking advantage of the steep discount will not be eligible for Microsoft's other marketing support and incentives.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Feb 2014 22:42