I don’t know whether or not it’s wishful thinking but rumours have it that “Microsoft plans to further decrease Windows 8.1 licensing rates for entry-level PCs priced below US$250 and tablets, from nearly US$50 currently to about US$15, according to Taiwan-based PC supply chain makers.”. Rumour or not, it’s a healthy sign that M$ and partners are even considering lowering their price. Monopolists hate to do that. They only do that when there is no other choice. That “dreadful” time has come and this time it’s permanent unlike the netbook which they almost succeeded in killing. Small cheap computers are actually getting space on retail shelves and they run FLOSS. 🙂
Small cheap computers are not going away. They are in the hands of over a billion people and are loved. M$’s market share is tanking. M$ is not loved fanatically like Apple and so cannot live in the high-priced top-end. Wintel will have to compete on price/performance forever to survive one year longer. The world can and does make its own software and the world now has a choice of CPU rather than the single-source bequeathed by IBM so long ago.