Microsoft to drop Windows RT licence price?

Microsoft to drop Windows RT licence price?Microsoft is reportedly about to cut the price it charges for Windows RT licences in a bid to make the platform more appealing to tablet OEMs and consumers.

The move is set to be announced at Computex in Taiwan this week, Bloomberg claims, as Microsoft looks at ways to kick-start its tablet fortunes after a decidedly rocky start.

So far just five Windows RT tablets have hit the market, with one of them being Microsoft's own Surface RT – hardly what the company had in mind when it unleashed Windows 8's baby brother for ARM devices towards the end of last year.

The very existence of the Surface RT – a Microsoft tablet running Microsoft's OS – hasn't exactly helped matters, with potential partners having to factor in the cost of the Windows RT licence into their pricing, a situation the Surface doesn't have to worry about.

Bloomberg's unnamed source wasn't prepared to talk actual figures, saying pricing details remain confidential.

However, any decrease in costs that can be passed along to the consumer can only be a good thing for Windows RT, which according to IDC's figures took only 0.4% of the tablet market globally in Q1 this year.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 4, 2013 at 18:03

So they will NOT sell for less? Excellent.

nickkelly  Jun. 4, 2013 at 21:05

Yet another MS flop to join the Zune, Kin, Bing and Windows 8.


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