This Is What Microsoft Charges PC Makers For Windows 8.1
The upcoming OS from Microsoft called Windows 10 has not received any pricing for its PC maker partners (OEMs) at this stage, but a new document that got published on Microsoft’s OEM Partner Central site shows what the company is actually charging PC makers for Windows 8.1.
Microsoft announced last year that Windows 8.1 will be free for the OEMs with devices that have screen sizes under 9 inches long. Another version of Windows 8.1 called ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’ was designed specifically to deal with screen sizes of 9 inches and more.
It was assumed by the people that Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU was free, whereas some people believed that it wasn’t really free, instead it was just low-cost. By looking at the Microsoft OEM pricing information posted below, we can see that the latter was actually the case and Microsoft is charging a small amount of money to OEMs for the devices that are larger than 9 inches.
According to this screenshot, Windows 8.1 with Bing is listed at $10 per copy for “small” Intel-based tablets under nine inches in screen size. However, after applying a “configuration discount” of $10, OEMs get that SKU for those devices for zero dollars.
For tablets with screen sizes equal to or less than 10.1 inches, the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU is listed at $25 per copy, but again, with the same $10 “configuration discount,” it costs $15 per copy to OEMs.
Same prices are charged to OEMs for the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU also includes a free, 12-month subscription to Office 365 Personal.
With Windows 10: The Next Chapter event scheduled to take place tomorrow, we are expecting Microsoft to reveal the pricing models for OEMs along with other main features of the upcoming Windows. There have been different rumors going around regarding tomorrow’s event and the users of Microsoft’s machines are expecting to see a lot of new stuff that will be making its way to the them via Windows 10.
PC gaming has been growing since the video games first arrived on the scene, and with the next version of Windows, it seems that the company is taking the gaming to a whole new level. Xbox head, Phil Spencer tweeted last month that he along with the other Microsoft’s main officials, will be discussing the future of PC gaming at the event. This means that even the gamers have a lot to look forward to the tomorrow’s event.
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