Skip to comments.Rumor: Microsoft Is Slashing The Price Of Windows For Tablets To Fight Android
Posted on 04/02/2013 6:57:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Microsoft is rumored to cut the price of Windows 8 for tablets by 35-40 percent, according to Topeka Capital analyst Brian White.
White is on a "China-Taiwan Technology Tour" talking to people in the industry.
Currently, according to White's source, the tablet price for Windows is the same as the desktop/laptop pricing.
If Microsoft is going to compete with Android, which is taking over the world, it needs to lower its price. Google's software is free. And it's just as good, if not better than, Windows on a tablet.
Since consumers aren't clamoring to buy Windows-based tablets, there's little reason for a manufacturer to offer a premium priced tablet from Microsoft.
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If Microsoft slashes the price of Windows to zero, I might just take a look at it. Otherwise, I'll pass.
Surface is not doing very well against the iPad either.
Is it faster than Android? No, that depends primarily on the hardware unless you have a single computer which can run either and I have to decide which to buy.
Does it have better programs? That depends entirely on the app developers, not on the OS. Android and Apple have a long head start.
Does it crash less? My Android tablet has been pretty stable and about the only program I have which crashes is a crossword puzzle program with some bugs in it. But that's not the OS. And even it is very good about recovering from where it crashed.
Does it have annoying commercials with people bouncing around like a bunch of ADHD kids who just drank triple espressos? Well, Microsoft has that but I have no idea why that would make me want to buy Windows.
I like the fact the tablet will run all my desktop software.
the price is the dealbreaker.
a windows tablet should be 100-200 TOPS. Then I can buy for the whole office.
Sounds like Win8 isn’t such a success story.
After VISTA came out and few were buying it, there were rumors that MS was wanting it to be downloaded via torrents, etc. In effect, MS was sort of giving it away. And they still didn’t get many takers.
Per other reports, some computer companies are offering a back-to-Win7 feature with Win8 computers.
[I am still learning my way around Win7, its glitches and ridiculous changes. I have no desire to try Win8.]
Windows Millenium Edition (ME) ( Really Windows 4 ) was a dud
Windows XP ( Really Windows 5 ) was a success
Windows Vista ( Really Windows 6 ) was a dud
Windows 7 was a huge success
Windows 8 looks like a dud
My conclusion —— Buy the odd numbered Windows version. Which means we have to wait for Windows 9.
The Windows 8 Asus Vivotab is superb: we are using it for asset surveys. Non-windows tablets simply can’t run the software we need.
I’m looking forward to even cheaper Windows 8 tablets coming onto the market.
In my experience Windows 8 IS Windows 7 - but with a surface layer of colorful Metro links to easily leverage common functions (camera, internet, etc).
I hated the look of the Metro links before I actually tried using them on a touch screen. That was a revelation.
Ah, the childlike pleasure of moving colored shapes and having useful stuff happen. And at the same time you’re able to run full Windows apps! Love it!
Nice try Mr. Gates.
I’m waiting to see what Windows tablets will come out in the months ahead. So far, they are far too expensive and loaded up with full function Excel and other software many users don’t want or need in a tablet. Some manufacturers need to offer more flexibility as to software and other features and offer lower cost tablets ($200 or less) as well as more full featured ones.
Windows 8 can do some cool stuff with Storage Spaces. That is until the OS or computer crashes. Then ~you~ must do some cool stuff to bring it back to life.
A quibble. There was a Windows 4.0, it was NT4.0 and it kicked butt. ME was still running on top of DOS, I think logo=0 boots 16/32 bit version of Windows into DOS. Not the NT version.
The rest made sense, what was the purpose to go to Vista when XP had 64bit support? Vista wasn’t that bad, it’s that it wasn’t that good.
I needed a computer immediately and in my area, Win 8 was the only option. Take my word for it, Win 8 is a dud. I liked Vista better.
Hey, let’s make a touch interface for machines that don’t have a touch interface!
Yea! That’s the ticket!
PS - Let’s strip active-x out of IE 10 while we are at it! Another good idea!
Hating Win7 ever since I had to upgrade because my pre-2001 hand-me-down from the in-laws running XP was supposedly “shot” according to the techs. The lack of a decent “search” feature is my pet peeve.
Got a kindle fire for Christmas and I would consider a Win tablet under $100—mainly for having a portable keyboard—but it still wouldn’t do everything my tower would.
Just figured it out—what I really want is a Windows tablet that runs XP. Don’t tell me they couldn’t do that for under $100.
RE: I would consider a Win tablet under $100mainly for having a portable keyboardbut it still wouldnt do everything my tower would.
But you can’t take your tower anywhere with you...
Win 8 is the first one that I have had a lot of problems with.
I dislike it severly and would love to switch out
Only Win 8 Pro runs Windows apps.
Win 8 Surface doesn’t.