Microsoft Corp. is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 by 70 percent
for makers of low-cost computers and tablets as they try to fend
off cheaper rivals like Google Inc.’s Chromebooks, people familiar
with the program said.
Manufacturers will be charged $15 to license Windows 8.1 and
preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250, instead
of the usual fee of $50, said the people, who asked not to be
named because the details aren’t public. The discount will apply
to any products that meet the price limit, with no restrictions on
the size or type of device, the people said.
And so begins the post-Ballmer, Satya Nadella era.