It took a little while coming, but Microsoft has finally decided on making Windows free of charge for manufactures that plan on building device smaller than 9 inches in size.
Terry Myerson of Microsoft revealed this on the first day of BUILD 2014 yesterday.
And in a blog post following the keynote, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems detailed the free Windows concept, saying that a move like this will help grow the overall user base of the company’s modern platform.
“To accelerate the creation of great mobile devices running Windows and grow our number of users, we announced today that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9” in size.”
Either way this is going to be a dream come true for makers of affordable and smaller hardware.
Processor power is increasing pretty much exponentially by the year as newer chips come out, and even the low cost budget devices now offer smooth performance — vendors that joined the Android wagon will now be truly interested in making Windows powered hardware.
Plus, keeping in mind the fact that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have a combined market share hovering around the 11 percent mark, this new strategy should start bearing results soon.
Windows is now free of charge for OEMs, and we should expect plenty of new and affordable devices to make their way to the market in the summer and holiday shopping season.