With the hardware performance curve shooting straight up every season, gone are the days when users were limited by chips and modules. In fact, you can get a pretty smooth experience on even some of the newer Celeron processors from Intel these days.

That said, there are some hardware vendors that still make and market low-cost hardware.

And Microsoft has confirmed in a statement that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will come with even lower hardware requirements — clearly in a bid to expand the range of devices that run the operating system.

In the words of Joe Belfiore of Microsoft:

“We’ll enable our partners to build lower cost hardware for a great Windows experience at highly competitive price points.”

Redmond is said to be planning an affordable Surface branded tablet that is expected to retail in or around the $250 mark. At the same time, there has been a stark increase in the number of such affordable Windows devices from hardware vendors these past few months.

Companies like Lenovo, Dell and ASUS have unveiled hardware that sells for around $300.

With a strategy like this, Microsoft surely can make its modern operating system available to more and more users, and cover almost all price points.

What about you guys? Would you be willing to part with cash for lower cost hardware? Or are you the type that likes to stay in the comfort zone of midrange to high end? Now’s the time to speak!

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  1. This really is what they should have been shooting for for years. I know it’s not possible to reduce system requirements and add features, but optimizing Windows should have been their goal a long time ago.

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