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[The Verge] Microsoft making Windows free on devices with screens under 9 inches

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Microsoft today said it will make Windows free of charge for phones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches, a move designed to help boost the company's market share.

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/2/5574146/microsoft-making-windows-free-on-devices-with-screens-under-nine
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That sounds desperate.
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Possibly desperate yes, but smart too. I'd expect MS to make most of their money off the app store in the case of mobile devices. Can't make money if almost nobody is using their devices though.
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So if I get a 9 inch screen, will I get a free copy of Windows?
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So if I get a 9 inch screen, will I get a free copy of Windows?
Has to be an AIO device. tongue.gif
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Maybe I'm missing something here but how does this affect the end user? You buy a Windows phone or a Windows tablet with Windows on it already...Where does installing an OS to these devices actually come into play? Or do they mean free to develop on.
    
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Originally Posted by Flatliner View Post

Maybe I'm missing something here but how does this affect the end user? You buy a Windows phone or a Windows tablet with Windows on it already...Where does installing an OS to these devices actually come into play? Or do they mean free to develop on.

Free from manufacturers to buy license.
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That sounds desperate.

I think its a good move. They have been shooting them selfs for so long, let them heal. Hope they change things now, all they need to do is "LISTEN" to customers.
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I love how they waited til april 2nd to release that lol.
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Has to be an AIO device. tongue.gif

Can I hack the crap out of this? Does this AIO support external monitors?

Looks like a counter to Chromebooks, but I honestly can't see people buying a 9" laptop. Make it free for 13" and under and I can see some use. Tablets? They're more of a trend than anything, at least from some numbers I've seen.

EDIT: Wait, no. Phones and tablets only. No laptops or ultrabooks or netbooks or notebooks mentioned. frown.gif
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