DigiTimes came across rumors that Microsoft is considering a significant price cut for Windows 8.1 on entry-level PCs priced below $250. According to the report, the license cost of the operating system may fall from $50 to as little as $15.
In order to enhance the price competitiveness of entry-level PCs, Microsoft lowered Windows 8.1 licensing fees US$30 for some vendors or ODMs, the sources said.
PC players general hold the opinion that further reductions in licensing fees will give them more flexibility in pricing, but this is unlikely to significantly push up PC sales, the sources indicated. Some PC players have recommended that Microsoft offer free licenses of Windows Phone for smartphones and Windows 8.1 for tablets to quickly increase adoption of the operating systems, the sources said.