Deep price cuts for Windows 8 are being given to Microsoft's OEM partners who manufacturer touchscreen-enabled computers and devices, or at least that is according to anonymous sources trusted by the Wall Street Journal. The report indicates that a $120 copy of Windows 8 may cost OEMs as little as $30 while Microsoft's price reduction remains in effect -- that's a remarkably generous 75 percent discount.
It's worth noting the Journal's sources made no distinction between the desktop and RT versions of Windows 8 and Office.
A Microsoft spokesman didn't confirm the rumor, but told the WSJ that the software maker continually aims to "work with partners to ensure that Windows is available across a diverse range of devices."
The purported price breaks began in "late February" for devices equipped with touch-sensitive displays, particularly those measuring 10.8 inches or less. For these pint-sized devices -- a line-up of mostly tablets and convertibles -- the $30 price tag includes not only Windows 8, but also bundles Microsoft Office at no additional cost.
For touchscreen-equipped devices measuring larger than 10.8 inches, the 75 percent discount offered to OEMs is still given sans the free license for Microsoft Office.
A report by Digitimes published yesterday supports rumors regarding substantial OEM discounts for Windows 8 and Office products; however, its own sources suggest the discounts are not yet in effect. Additionally, Digitimes indicates prices for Windows Pro plus Office 2013 will be only $20, rather than $30.
Could this be part of that Windows 8 "re-launch" we heard about in January? These discounts may help boost the proliferation of Windows 8 and Office 2013 by lowering the overall prices of devices. Although Microsoft's price cuts won't affect end-user pricing for Windows 8 and Office 2013 directly, sources suggest touch-sensitive devices could drop by nearly $100 this fall.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Microsoft Surface features a 10.6-inch Gorilla Glass display and a vapor-deposited magnesium chassis, the Surface runs a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and the latter packing an ARM-based Nvidia chip. The Touch Cover measures 3mm thick and has a multitouch keyboard as well as a trackpad, with a Touch Cover, the Surface measures just shy of half an inch.
The Microsoft Surface Pro offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and a miniDisplayPort. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus with palm-rejection technology that magnetically clips to the charging port, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display instead of the 1366 x 768 variety on the ARM-based model.
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