Ever wonder how OEMs and retailers can sell a notebook for ~$300 while paying M$ a huge chunk of money?“Notebook ODMs expects their shipments in the second half to grow 50% from the first due to stronger-than-expected orders from clients in Europe, plus Microsoft’s strategy to significantly reduce Windows’ licensing fees for sub-US$299 models to US$15.” Wonder no more. Digitimes revealed that M$ charges as little as $15 in the low-end notebook space. This is only the second or third time in PC-history that M$ has had to compete on price with */Linux (and their own installed base).
Whether this causes a spike in sales is doubtful, however. The world has alternatives and the spike in sales is likely to be distributed over */Linux too… Chuckle. World? Have you noticed that M$ has been overcharging you for decades? Do you feel M$’s OS on your $500 notebook is worth $85 more than on a $300 notebook??? You own the hardware! Why pay for permission to use it? Want to avoid highway robbery? Use GNU/Linux. It will work for you.