In march 1, 2017 Microsoft licensing rates for window 10 of Notebook’s PC’s will be significantly cut. The licensing prices will be lower for all the notebooks that are under the 14.1 inches, & they will depend on the various factors including market type & the market they will be sold in.
This move to cut licensing costs could be seen as a pre-emptive move against Google’s Chromebooks, which has already overtaken the MacBook sales as from early 2016.
Chromebooks has become big business for notebook manufacturer & Google. They’re based on Google Chrome OS platform. With Chrome OS being open source, Chromebooks are generally cheaper than the Windows notebook because of the Zero Licensing Costs, & Microsoft may want to address the difference in an aggressive manner.
The new licensing rates are expected to go Live on March 1, & will depend on the following criteria’s:
- Screen Size
- Notebook Type
- Notebook Hardware
- Market (Developed or Emerging)
According to the research, Low-cost Chromebooks which are highly popular in the educational sector has taken a huge share of the low-end notebook market. That has put a lot of pressure on Microsoft to lower its licensing fees of Window 10 for the lower end notebook segment.
Microsoft has also released a “Bing” edition of Windows 8.1 which was offered to laptop manufacturers for free or, at an extremely low cost to compete with the Chromebooks. Earlier, it was founded that Microsoft will also release a ”Bing” edition of Windows 10.
This particular move was taken & it just validates that Microsoft wants Window 10 to succeed. The rumor could also mean general Windows 10 laptops with lower price tags, but don’t expect a significant price reduction. After all, there are plenty of value-oriented laptops on the market right now from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and more that compete directly with Chromebooks.