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How Much Does Microsoft Make from Windows 8.1 OEMs?
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:39:59 PM »
I've long wondered just what it costs OEMs to buy and install Windows on their devices and according to some leaked information - it's not much. In fact, there are several different plans that make it absolutely free for the PC maker to install and use Microsoft on their products and it looks like one of the more expensive options is about $25. That's not a lot and it makes you wonder why we have to pay $100 for a copy.

   Interestingly, the prices Microsoft is charging OEMs for this SKU with Office 365 are identical to those for the Bing SKU without Office 365, meaning Microsoft effectively is giving away a year subscription to Office 365 Personal to OEMs for free (which OEMs are passing along for free to users).Source: ZDNet


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