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    News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Decision should boost competitiveness with rival OSs on sub $250 devices.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    My home PC runs 8 and OS X 10.8.5, I have a Chromebook and I have a retina macbook.

    I think it's fair to say I'm supportive of all 3 and I'm not a fanboy.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrRockliffe View Post
    My home PC runs 8 and OS X 10.8.5, I have a Chromebook and I have a retina macbook.

    I think it's fair to say I'm supportive of all 3 and I'm not a fanboy.
    Im not sure why you are telling us this in relation to the article?

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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Maybe if the price for home builders was slashed to $15 dollars then it would be more popular.
    It could be easily done on a sliding scale so that if you buy components from (for example) Scan, then as your basket price rises the Windows license price reduces.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Quote Originally Posted by Myss_tree View Post
    Maybe if the price for home builders was slashed to $15 dollars then it would be more popular.
    It could be easily done on a sliding scale so that if you buy components from (for example) Scan, then as your basket price rises the Windows license price reduces.
    That would be a good thing, maybe they are lowering it because they are currently working on their next operating system. Many people think Windows 8 has been a bad release like Vista. I personally like some windows 8 features. though dislike the Tile UI and the lack of the old start menu. But would defiantly buy windows 8 licences for computers if the price related to the cost of the system.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    I just happy I don't need a Windows PC. Microsoft is already starting to lose partners like Sony. Window 8 is a watery soup for touch screens and media consumption. Don't get me wrong, It's got some meat, you just got to fish for it. I hope Windows 9 is not one stupid approach for everything in your life. The sad thing is your not hoping they make Windows 9 better, just not not mess it up worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    Im not sure why you are telling us this in relation to the article?
    It was in relation to Microsoft saying sales are down, and then making the assumption people would be slating 8.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Quote Originally Posted by Myss_tree View Post
    Maybe if the price for home builders was slashed to $15 dollars then it would be more popular.
    It could be easily done on a sliding scale so that if you buy components from (for example) Scan, then as your basket price rises the Windows license price reduces.
    Problem being that the "self build" market represents a relatively small percentage of license sales, and as such this wouldn't create the sort of growth in sales that Microsoft are looking for. The OEM and corporate markets are where the sales lie, and that's why they're doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevaping View Post
    I just happy I don't need a Windows PC. Microsoft is already starting to lose partners like Sony. Window 8 is a watery soup for touch screens and media consumption. Don't get me wrong, It's got some meat, you just got to fish for it. I hope Windows 9 is not one stupid approach for everything in your life. The sad thing is your not hoping they make Windows 9 better, just not not mess it up worse.
    Since Sony are no longer selling computers...

    As I almost always seem to find myself saying whenever there's a new release of Windows: people hate change, whether it's in their longterm interests or not. I found that adapting to the new start screen took me a week or 2, and that there *are* a few niggles (the hiding of the image based backup tool being one) but overall I feel 8 was a significant improvement over 7.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Quote Originally Posted by Myss_tree View Post
    Maybe if the price for home builders was slashed to $15 dollars then it would be more popular.
    It could be easily done on a sliding scale so that if you buy components from (for example) Scan, then as your basket price rises the Windows license price reduces.
    I realise that the speed of uptake has not been ideal, but considering how good 7 was, it's pretty impressive that 25% of Steam users are on Win8 or 8.1 (although I don't understand why any of them are on 8 and not 8.1!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otherhand View Post
    I realise that the speed of uptake has not been ideal, but considering how good 7 was, it's pretty impressive that 25% of Steam users are on Win8 or 8.1 (although I don't understand why any of them are on 8 and not 8.1!).
    Because the win 8 pro on TPB can't be upgraded to 8.1 through update
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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrRockliffe View Post
    Because the win 8 pro on TPB can't be upgraded to 8.1 through update
    Ha ha! Okay, I'm an idiot

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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Windows 8.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash View Post
    Problem being that the "self build" market represents a relatively small percentage of license sales, and as such this wouldn't create the sort of growth in sales that Microsoft are looking for. The OEM and corporate markets are where the sales lie, and that's why they're doing this.
    So it wouldn't do them any harm to just cut it across the board (Retail and public OEM).
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    Re: News - Microsoft Windows 8.1 pricing cut by 70% to low-cost device makers

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    So it wouldn't do them any harm to just cut it across the board (Retail and public OEM).
    I'm sure if the drop in margin resulted in enough sales to increase profits that's *exactly* what they'd do.

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    An Intel based cheap laptop would be a no-brainer for me - it'd be either Windows or Linux. Android I think is better suited to tablets and phones, whereas I've zero interest in Chromebooks. So yes, if Microsoft can make a cheaper laptop a possibility then I'd welcome it.

    But if I was in the market for a tablet, I think I'd probably plump for a longer-running ARM based device and that means Android.

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