Feeling The Pinch, Microsoft To Lower Windows Cost For Some Devices
The "Windows tax" refers to the additional cost of installing Microsoft's flagship operating system for computer makers, typically around $50 each. Because of increasing competition from both Apple and Google devices, particularly on mobile devices, Microsoft is reportedly lowering this fee to around $15 for those devices costing under $250.
BloombergManufacturers 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.