Microsoft Confirms That They Are Making Windows Available For Free For Less Than 9-inch Devices

Windows Internet Of Things

Microsoft today announced that they will be making Windows available for free to devices with less than 9-inch devices. That includes all the tablets and even Windows Phone devices. Microsoft is making this move to drive more volume of devices in consumers hand that will drive more reach for developers. Microsoft also announced that Windows on the Internet of Things will be available for free. With the Windows 8.1 Update, we have enabled our hardware partners to build lower cost devices for Windows such as devices with only 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the experience they expect from a Windows device without sacrificing performance.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Microsoft has been ”on the internet of things” since 1996, it’s only recently that when other companies (not calling names here *cough* *cough* Scroogle *cough* *cough* Crapple) started showing an interest in it that the media has been covering it, just wait a few more years, Microsoft releasing Windows for $ 0,- is only the start of things. 😀

    • Bugbog

      Maybe now we’ll get a glut of sub 9″ devices now since OEM’s wont have to pay any license fees.

      I love my DV8P, but I’m also looking forward to seeing more non [Intel] reference designs. I.e. more variability!

  • AnthonyDupree

    Is anyone concern what effect this has on bottom line performance or long term margins?

    • Bugbog

      Given the time taken to make his decision I’m fairly certain it’s not something come to lightly and the cost hit will have been factored in.

  • DW

    This is great news. Microsoft will make more money in the long term from services, including the Azure platform. Making it easier to write apps for these services and powering more devices is an enabler for this. Just like Google is making money from other services (not the Android OS directly), Microsoft needs to compete with the “free” mobile device OS.

  • donzebe

    OEM now have a choice; pay google service and patent fees to Apple, Microsoft or Nokia to use Android or get windows for free and pay only Microsoft services. Do the Math.
    2014 will go in Google diary as the year Android started descending the Summit.

    • NGM123

      2014 might be a bit prem, but here’s hoping

  • Adrian

    So ATM makers have no excuse to upgrade to W8 embedded

    • Bugbog

      It’ll still cost them dearly!

  • NGM123

    Excellent news, MS finally going toe to toe with google at the lower end of the market, here’s hoping they chew them up and spit them out.