Microsoft to Charge OEMs USD$80-95 for Windows RT

Windows 8 logoRedmond-based software giant Microsoft is getting ready to bring to the market its first Windows flavor to offer support for ARM processors, namely Windows 8.

On devices powered by ARM chips, the platform will be called Windows RT, though it will offer roughly the same experience as the Windows 8 OS loaded on devices running x86 architectures.

OEMs interested in bringing to shelves devices running under Windows 8 need to license the OS from Microsoft in order to do so, and some info on the price these companies pay for the platform has emerged.

According to a recent article on VR-Zone, the software giant is charging a staggering $80-95 U.S. dollars for licensing Windows RT. Most hardware makers need to pay $85 for loading the platform on their devices, the news site notes.

Apparently, more than one vendor confirmed that at the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, which should make the info pretty accurate.

However, when compared to the previously rumored $35 licensing fee that Microsoft was expected to charge for its next-generation platform, these numbers appear quite high.

Rival solutions, such as Google’s Android platform, are being offered for free up front, though a series of other licensing fees are involved in their loading on devices.

However, at $85 per device, Windows RT will certainly prove an expensive platform for many users, considering that the details provided by said news site indeed reflect reality.

Windows 8-powered tablet PCs are expected to hit the market later this year, while Windows RT devices might not arrive before the end of the year.

One way or the other, a high licensing fee attached to the Windows platform would certainly raise the cost of devices above the previously suggested $600 selling price.

In the end, Microsoft is expected to make changes to its licensing model, something that it would certainly want to do, if it aims at making Windows 8 tablet PCs as appealing as devices powered by rival operating systems.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: ARM, Microsoft, OSes, Windows 8

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 will be Turing-based with a 12nm FinFET die shrink
This only works on posts made by profiles that are public
The device will be standalone and based on a Qualcomm chipset
Apple plans on offering a cheaper smart speaker that will be priced at $199
Chrome will adopt a new approach to indicating site security
Data shows they are leading smartphone sale worldwide
Is this an error or it is really happening?
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (10)