Rumor: Cheaper Windows 8 tablets are coming soon

April 2, 2013

Citing sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, Topeka Capital analyst Brian White says that Microsoft could be about to reduce the Windows 8 tablet licensees by 35-40%.

Business Insider reports that the analyst, who was speaking on a “China-Taiwan Technology Tour”, says that the Windows 8 licenses for tablets currently cost around the same value as for desktops and laptops.

This rumor comes less than a month after Digitimes claimed that Microsoft was cutting licensee fees for Windows 8 laptops to OEMs by as much as 20%.

At the time, the news website, which cited retailers in Taiwan for the information, said that the price drop would make $500 the new “sweet spot” for touchscreen laptops.

Presumably, this supposed price drop for Windows 8 tablets will bring models closer to $300, a price which could enable these fledgling devices to compete against cheaper models running Google's Android operating system.

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