Windows 8 / Office bundle costs OEMs $30 after Microsoft slashes prices

By on March 6, 2013, 1:30 PM

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.




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ikesmasher said:

I MIGHT buy windows 8 for $30.

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

30 bucks... Meh. I still think they're overcharging by at least 25 bucks.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Did that article just say that Windows 8 pro and Office 2013 is just $20?

I think what they're trying to say is that the price of the Win/Office was discounted by $20.

If it were true that I could get a full legitimate version of Win8 Pro / Office '13 for $20, then that might be the deal of the year.

Guest said:

I needed to do a fresh install over the weekend, so I decided to take the plunge and try Windows 8. Now, I'll be the first to admit that the Metro UI has no place on a desktop machine, and it's annoying to have to buy a $5.00 third-party app to give me my start menu...

But... that being said, everything about the desktop Windows 8 experience is greater than or equal to the Windows 7 experience. From little stuff like the nifty little Copy-Paste dialog and the vastly-enhanced Task Manager, to big stuff like incredible gains in multitasking performance, it really is their best OS to date.

I know MS has a vested interest in pushing the Metro UI across all platforms for a unified user experience, but I really wish they would have done a better job of better integration of the "original" desktop experience with the Metro experience, instead of smashing Metro onto every type of user.

At any rate, if you have the opportunity, I'd really suggest giving it a shot. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised (I know I was).

MrBungle said:

Any price for that windows 8 abomination that is a positive number is too high to cause me to have any interest what-so-ever... Windows 8 is like a brand new Cadillac with no doors... too many negatives to be of any interest dispite a few nice features.

2 people like this | misor misor said:

I think the price cuts are for oem partners who manufactured touch-enabled devices and not for consumers wanting to buy retail windows 8 and office 2013.

(but I wish it were so, too )

misor misor said:

Any price for that windows 8 abomination that is a positive number is too high to cause me to have any interest what-so-ever... Windows 8 is like a brand new Cadillac with no doors... too many negatives to be of any interest dispite a few nice features.

I disagree.

the "many negatives" as far as I know can only be attributed to the start screen (and the lack of the classic start menu)

Jim$ter said:

I admit I gave Windows 8 a chance but as a power user it was slowing me down big time. Once I installed Start8 it actually because a great OS. I work on PC's for a living and the amount of confusion I am seeing from so many people can't be a good sign for Microsoft. Some even want XP or Windows 7 installed but I tell them about Start8 and they thank me that they can actually use the computer. Come on Microsoft you can do better. I hope they reverse or change course like they did when the realized Vista sucked. Seems like Microsoft is in a Pattern...hopefully Windows 9 will be great...if not I think Microsoft might slowly hemorrhage users to Apple and Linux.

hammer2085 said:

Removing Aero (use third party program to bring it back),

Removing personalization ~ quick customization for changing icon fonts and stuff,

Removing start menu (third party app),

Touch screen metro for desktop (seriously how many people constantly touch their monitor all day long, they could have added it as a sep addon),

Ribbon for explorer, better would have been if they added tabs for explorer like this

[link] from http://qttabbar.sourceforge.net/ (third party app).

No total file size in status bar (like in xp), have to use classic explorer program to enable it even in 7.

No reason as to why they removed it in the first place in win 7. See [link]

Enough ranting from me. Everybody is entitled to their choices.

Divvet said:

I needed to do a fresh install over the weekend, so I decided to take the plunge and try Windows 8. Now, I'll be the first to admit that the Metro UI has no place on a desktop machine, and it's annoying to have to buy a $5.00 third-party app to give me my start menu...

But... that being said, everything about the desktop Windows 8 experience is greater than or equal to the Windows 7 experience. From little stuff like the nifty little Copy-Paste dialog and the vastly-enhanced Task Manager, to big stuff like incredible gains in multitasking performance, it really is their best OS to date.

I know MS has a vested interest in pushing the Metro UI across all platforms for a unified user experience, but I really wish they would have done a better job of better integration of the "original" desktop experience with the Metro experience, instead of smashing Metro onto every type of user.

At any rate, if you have the opportunity, I'd really suggest giving it a shot. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised (I know I was).

Courtesy of our local Microsoft Employee.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Courtesy of our local Microsoft Employee.

That did sound a bit like PR mixed with a tad of Share Holder enthusiasm.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

30 bucks... Meh. I still think they're overcharging by at least 25 bucks.

I'm kidding of course. I actually use Win 8 on one of my desktops with mouse & keyboard & I have no problem with it. That said I had no problem with Vista either and that OS was really slandered. I guess it's what people hear & read in the press that makes their minds up for them.

1 person liked this | MrBungle said:

I'm kidding of course. I actually use Win 8 on one of my desktops with mouse & keyboard & I have no problem with it. That said I had no problem with Vista either and that OS was really slandered. I guess it's what people hear & read in the press that makes their minds up for them.

Fully updated on a multicore system with 4+GB of RAM Vista is actually not a bad OS... it got a bad wrap because drivers weren't up to snuff and the cheap computers they launched it on were not fast enough. Windows 8 is hated for completely different reasons, under the hood Windows 8 is acutally not a bad OS, it's the UI that kills it.

Jim$ter said:

30 bucks... Meh. I still think they're overcharging by at least 25 bucks.

I'm kidding of course. I actually use Win 8 on one of my desktops with mouse & keyboard & I have no problem with it. That said I had no problem with Vista either and that OS was really slandered. I guess it's what people hear & read in the press that makes their minds up for them.

Uhhhh no, I work on computers and Vista does really suck. Hard drives constantly thrash and the file explorer is just plain weird plus many other quarks. People who do basic things on computers are the ones who think Windows 8 and Vista aren't to bad....unfortunately I think that's who Microsoft is trying to reach. People who do actual work, businesses, and techies are the ones who can see how crappy those two OS's really are. Apparently the sales numbers say the masses agree with me and not you.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

What I recommend MS do it take a serious look and the OS structure and build a better OS where the system can take care of junk data files that are left behind when you using the system daily. These files need to be removed other wise the system becomes sluggish and leads to all sorts of issues. A task can be setup by default and let that task tell owner the system will do a system complete PC check now if it finds issues it will start fixing/cleaning and will either shutdown or reboot the system when done.

Once they have this implement in the core of OS then tell us all about a new Windows OS. Frankly all versions of the OS has been plague by this junk data collection. keeps piling up daily. No need of it in today's PC.

Windows 8 new default tiles with real-time active (info/animation) is the way of the future for MS. This is how it's going to be now, as Windows 9, 10 an higher will run more on the tiles until they come up with another idea for GUI (graphical user interface)

All version of the OS should have Office already in the core OS. Now they have to do it because of sales of Windows 8 are terrible and everyone still holding onto Windows 7 the last OS without the new tiles features in Windows 8.

Times are changing..

Railman said:

As laptops with touch sensitive screens are so expensive this will have a minimal effect on sales. Non touch devices do not qualify for the discounted price.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Everything going touch screen this is the plan they have for all of use. Windows 8 designed for touch screen devices. Better than it was with Windows 7. The prices will come down later on but right now nobody going shell out grand or more for touch screen laptop hybrid tablet.

Railman said:

Touch screen is fine for a tablet or smart phone but I would be unhappy using a PC screen with figure prints on it. In an office environment touch screens would be of limited use.

pmshah said:

Just like Win 7 was drastically different from XP so is Win8 from Win 7. It took me a rather long time to convert all my scripts with unnecessarily changed CLI and switches and what not. Getting used to Win 8 interface so far has been a similar experience. For a busy tech there is no time to familiarize with the same. So even if Metro UI may be better there is bound to be greater resistance to adoption.

BTW if they were to drop the price of any version of Win 8 to say US$ 20/- or 30/- they would very comfortably sell jillions of them. As it stands today the OS costs more than the hardware which to me does not make sense.

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