Microsoft is obviously hoping that its next version of Windows will help it compete against other tablet operating systems like Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS.
But according to a recent report, Microsoft will be charging tablet manufacturers, around $85 per device for Windows RT, which could add considerable costs to Windows tablets and drive the price of the devices up compared to competitors.
According to VR Zone, who have spoken to a number of manufacturers, Microsoft will be charging on average $85 per device for Windows RT, which will not give the manufacturers much room to produce sub $500 tablets with Windows RT.
This could mean that the first Windows based tablet will be available in the $549 to $799 range, and premium versions of the tablets will probably retail between $799 and $899.
If this turns out to be correct, it doesn’t seem like a very clever move on Microsoft’s part, as Windows 8 tablets wont be able to compete in terms of price will Apple’s iPad and various Android based tablets.
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