Microsoft has started to offer its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) discounted Windows 8 and Office 2013 prices in an effort to bolster developer demand for future touch-based laptops with smaller form factors, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.
Microsoft is said to be selling the two pieces of software together for $30, which would be a quarter of the usual $120 price for the bundle. The decrease in prices for OEMs will reportedly start affecting prices for smaller Windows 8 laptops this fall – though by how much remains to be seen.
Rumors have swirled for months that Microsoft is planning to unveil a new, cheaper OS dubbed Windows Blue later this year, which will allegedly be aimed at smaller devices and will utilize yearly upgrades. Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on the rumored OS, so it’s not clear whether or not it and the report have any correlation just yet.
A Microsoft spokesperson declined TechnologyGuide\’s request for a comment on the report.
Source: The Wall Street Journal