Microsoft Corp. announced at the Build 2014 conference on Wednesday that it would waive licensing fees for special versions of Windows operating systems for select devices. Microsoft wants to enable partners to offer lower-cost systems in the highly competitive smartphone, tablet and PC categories.
Microsoft Windows will be available for 0 dollars to hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9” in size. This offering also enables hardware partners to provide their customers a one-year subscription to Office 365. These steps are projected to help Microsoft’s partners to deliver the rich experience of Windows plus best-in-class hardware, software and services to consumers at affordable prices, thus better competing against Apple and Google.
The software giant also said that the Windows 8.1 update would support Intel’s Bay Trail cost reduced options, which enable devices with 1GB of memory and 16GB storage configurations that are popular on entry level tablets and notebooks/netbooks. In addition, Microsoft indicated that it was working with Intel’s and Qualcomm’s enablement programs that make it easy for their partners to develop new Windows devices quicker.