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Microsoft Charging OEMs $85 for Windows RT

By - Source: VR-Zone | B 70 comments

Microsoft reportedly isn't planning to offer Windows RT at a reduced cost considering the cheaper tablet form factor.

It was presumed that Microsoft would offer its ARM-friendly version of Windows 8 -- aka Windows RT -- on the cheap given that both Microsoft and tablet manufacturers want to push Apple's own iPad into a dark little corner of the tablet market. Achieving this would not only mean providing a AAA experience, but a low price tag. Even more, Google doesn't charge manufacturers anything at all to use its Android platform -- the search engine giant makes its money off advertising, app and other media sales.

But apparently offering Windows RT for a reduced price isn't on Microsoft's list of goals. Various reports claim Microsoft is charging manufacturers between $80 and $95 USD for an OEM Windows RT license to be used on a tablet. That's roughly the same pricetag required for the OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium for desktops and laptops,

"During our meetings with multiple vendors on the Computex Taipei, we were talking about pricing options for taking the Windows RT route instead of (free) Android from Google," reports VR-Zone. "While it was rumored that Microsoft decided to change their ways and offer a price of about 35 dollars – the reality is that Windows RT will cost staggering USD $80-95 dollars, with $85 being the most commonly quoted price."

That said, a Windows RT tablet with the same hardware specs as an Android-based tablet won't be equally priced unless the Microsoft partner plans to take a hit in the wallet. Nvidia's own bill of materials (BoM) has surpassed $100, leaving virtually no room for a sub-$500 tablet. So far there's talk that Windows RT launch tablets will range between $549 and $799 for mainstream consumers, and between $799 and $899 for premium models.

Meanwhile, Amazon, Google and Apple will reportedly invade the tablet market with their new 7-inch models hovering in the $200 range sometime before Halloween. Will Windows RT tablets be able to survive in a market saturated with these new premium entries? Probably not if Microsoft and its partners don't get the pricing under control.

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    outlw6669 , June 13, 2012 11:52 AM
    Way to go killing RT before it is even released, Microsoft :pfff: 
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    killerclick , June 13, 2012 11:41 AM
    That's still cheap considering it can run all x86 applications

    Oh wait, it can't
  • 16 Hide
    icemunk , June 13, 2012 11:54 AM
    It's got fail written all over it.
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  • 22 Hide
    killerclick , June 13, 2012 11:41 AM
    That's still cheap considering it can run all x86 applications

    Oh wait, it can't
  • 11 Hide
    nikolayivanov321 , June 13, 2012 11:48 AM
    Loving that pic though.
  • 29 Hide
    outlw6669 , June 13, 2012 11:52 AM
    Way to go killing RT before it is even released, Microsoft :pfff: 
  • 16 Hide
    icemunk , June 13, 2012 11:54 AM
    It's got fail written all over it.
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    mariusmotea , June 13, 2012 12:04 PM
    I don't belive this article, the price is too hight. Microsoft is trying hard to enter in to mobile market (this is the main reason for putting the metro UI in windows 8). They need developers attention to create applications for metro.
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    molo9000 , June 13, 2012 12:10 PM
    mariusmoteaI don't belive this article, the price is too hight. Microsoft is trying hard to enter in to mobile market (this is the main reason for putting the metro UI in windows 8). They need developers attention to create applications for metro.


    I think the picture of Steve Balmer is enough to make this believable. ;) 
    Still unlikely that Microsoft would be this mad.
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    gsxrme , June 13, 2012 12:11 PM
    I also feel this article is false due to a google/apple bashing.
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    CaedenV , June 13, 2012 12:15 PM
    killerclickThat's still cheap considering it can run all x86 applicationsOh wait, it can't

    LOL
    vincentyuIt comes with Office suite. That's why it's expensive. I'll bet it'll be much cheaper without the Office suite.

    Win8RT comes with Office suite, there will not be a non-office version. What they need to do is have a 'home' and 'pro' version so that there can be cheap products for consumers, and then charge a little more for domain functionality and other business class services. Having a $100 OS will not make business buyers blink... but nobody is going to spend the same cash for a stripped down version of windows as they do for the real thing.
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    fightingslu , June 13, 2012 12:15 PM
    and this article is posted 13 hours after this article http://www.tomshardware.com/news/clover-trail-intel-ipad-tablet-hybrid,15977.html which claims the windows 8 tablets to be iPad killers
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    southernshark , June 13, 2012 12:17 PM
    This OS Will be all fail.

    Who the hell would buy this over the "i" option?

    Hell I don't like Apple, but I would buy an Ipad before I spent 700 dollars on this crap. Microsoft is ran by idiots. Its time to find a new OS for all my products... including the PC.

    And yeah Metro is going to suck too.
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    southernshark , June 13, 2012 12:20 PM
    caedenv Having a $100 OS will not make business buyers blink... but nobody is going to spend the same cash for a stripped down version of windows as they do for the real thing.


    I disagree. Businesses will be buying 1000s of tablets so the extra 100 apiece will add up. Additionally, this will price the product above the price of an Ipad. So the incentive will be to simply move to an all Apple product line, which is considered higher end anyway.

    Or if the company is cheap (and why not be?) then they will move to an Android line and use free Google Office products.
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    element1981 , June 13, 2012 12:20 PM
    There could be some sort of back end rebate for the device manufacturer that reduces the overall cost significantly, and it would likely be based on sales volume to create an incentive to sell the devices. Who knows? It would be ludicrous for them to charge that much for each individual license and not offer a program like that.
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2012 12:30 PM
    It's very cheap considering you get Office.
    Perhaps they should do a cheaper light version without office.
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    Zingam_Duo , June 13, 2012 12:42 PM
    LOL Lotsa LOL
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    math1337 , June 13, 2012 12:43 PM
    I'm surprised there are companies stupid enough to make Windows RT tablets instead of x86 ones.
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    math1337 , June 13, 2012 12:44 PM
    fightingsluand this article is posted 13 hours after this article http://www.tomshardware.com/news/c [...] 15977.html which claims the windows 8 tablets to be iPad killers

    Windows 8 x86 tablets may have some potential, considering that they can do everything that a regular computer can.
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    olaf , June 13, 2012 12:50 PM
    i can see cheap tablets comming with android and getting windows off the piratebay
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    Zingam_Duo , June 13, 2012 12:53 PM
    fightingsluand this article is posted 13 hours after this article http://www.tomshardware.com/news/c [...] 15977.html which claims the windows 8 tablets to be iPad killers



    My $2 mousepad is an iPad killer!
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    Zingam_Duo , June 13, 2012 12:54 PM
    math1337Windows 8 x86 tablets may have some potential, considering that they can do everything that a regular computer can.


    Can it bring me booze and chicks home?
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