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Microsoft reducing the price of Windows for phones and tablets to $0

Today Microsoft announced that it will be reducing the cost of Windows 8 for mobile devices from its current rate down to nothing.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Wed, Apr 2 2014 7:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

Microsoft is finally getting with the plan and realizing that manufacturers do not want to pay for the OS they install in their mobile devices. With free Android dominating the smartphone and tablet market-space, paying $100 or even $50 to install a less popular OS on the device you are manufacturing is a tough pill to swallow. During its keynote at the Build Conference, Microsoft announced that its Windows OS will be free for smartphones and tablets, but there is a catch.

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For smartphones the Windows Phone OS will be completely free, but only tablets under 9-inches will be eligible for the free version of the OS. Additionally, Microsoft said that it will release a free version of Windows that will power The Internet of Things in the future. It is still unclear weather ending OEM royalties on smartphones and small tablets will help improve Windows Phone and Surface adoption rates, but it is a step in the right direction.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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