A new era for Microsoft: Windows and Windows Phone free for devices with screens under 9 inches
One of the most significant news came yesterday with the start of BUILD 2014 is that Microsoft will make its Windows operating systems and Windows Phone for free to hardware manufacturers.
The company will no longer charge for their software with all manufactured smartphones and tablets with displays under 9 inches. By making such a move, Microsoft hopes to get a major share in the emerging markets, where the software giant lags behind Google.
Until now, hardware partners Microsoft was paying from $ 5 to $ 15 for every smartphone or tablet from Windows, and in the case of desktop charge even more, reminds news Agency Reuters.
Of course, such a radical change in longstanding practice, Microsoft will bring additional dividends and increase the popularity of operating systems in the mobile segment. However, we have yet to see if Microsoft in this way to compete with Android and iOS, which hold almost the entire market of portable devices.