Mary Jo Foley reports for ZDNet:
Microsoft is cutting the price it charges PC makers for each copy of Windows 8 they sell from US$50 to US$15, but only on low-end devices.
It only applies to devices under US$250 (NZ$300). There aren’t many at that price, Foley could only find one example. However, the size of Microsoft’s cut means anything under US$300 is a candidate.
Smart move. After mark-ups, at the low-end a $50 Windows licence can represent as much as a quarter of the consumer price. Until now the hefty entry fee has left the low-end to Android and Chrome.
The story doesn’t make it clear if the decision was post-Ballmer. If so it could hint where the company is heading under new CEO Satya Nadella.