Faced with languishing sales of legacy PCs with “8” because the price is too high, M$ offers future discounts, according to Digitimes.
“For below 10.8-inch notebooks, tablets and hybrids, Microsoft will offer the US$20 discount plus free Office 2013 software, the sources indicated. OEM licensing rates for Windows 8 Pro stand at US$80-90 currently, the sources noted.”
see Microsoft to offer discount on Windows 8 OEM prices.
Get over it, M$. The days when you could dictate to OEMs are over. If they cannot sell your product on a $500 (or $300) PC, they cannot sell it on a $480 (or $280) PC either. People don’t want your OS and all its limitations, malware, re-re-reboots and genuine disAdvantages. They want FLOSS. It works for them and not against them.
M$ are at the edge of a cliff. They raised prices to milk the usual cash-flow from the truly locked-in and now even they aren’t buying it. There is either going to be a dramatic fall in prices or a dramatic fall in share of the market. Even at $0, I think the price/performance of that other OS is poor so expect prices M$ charges OEMs to fall to $10-$20 over the next year. This will affect “7” as well because they can’t sell “7” at too much higher a price than “8”.
Of course, the right choice is to think long-term and migrate sooner rather than later to FLOSS. M$ will have to do that eventually. They just want to put it off to the last possible year. That could be in two or three years. Even then cash-flow will drop to a fraction of present values and layoffs are inevitable. I hope they start with Ballmer and Gates.