Windows RT license for tablets to cost an outrageous $85

Windows RT license for tablets to cost an outrageous $85
Windows RT, the ARM-based version of the Windows operating system is expected to land on tablets this fall, but don’t expect the price to beat the iPad, let alone affordable Android tablets. And the reason is not manufacturers, but Microsoft itself. Theo Valich of VR-Zone asked vendors at Computex Taipei about the license price for the upcoming mobile operating system, and he got an answer that will dispel many of your illusions.

Windows RT licenses will cost the outrageous $80 to $95 to vendors, with $85 being the average most said they pay for implementing Microsoft’s operating system.

This is likely to bring prices for the upcoming Windows tablets to more than $500, and actually we find it hard to see how vendors can squeeze the price to more affordable. At launch, Windows RT-based tablets are expected to cost between $549 to $799. Now, as reliable as the source is, we leave just a little shade of doubt, until we get a real-life confirmation.

If true, though, has Microsoft completely gone out of its mind? One possible explanation is that Office will be baked in, but is that an excuse in this day and age? Let us know your thoughts below.

source: VR-Zone via John Gruber



1. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011


20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Great way to ensure minimal sales of a product - price it out of sight!

22. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Why minimal sales? I plan on purchasing one, if Nokia makes one I'm there! It's like this, some people can afford a Lexus, others a Ford. Some can afford a BMW others a Kia. Some can afford a Cadillac others Hyundia. Buy what you can afford. Nothing wrong with a less expensive product if that's what you can afford, but there's absolutley nothing wrong with those who want and can afford luxury. To me it's really that simple. If you believe a Windows 8 tablet is worth it (RT or otherwise) you'll save up for it - if you believe it's not worth it you won't. I'm saving my nickles now... :)

2. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Ahhh... Life ain't fair! I'm probably going to get the Nexus tablet for that Tegra3-sub250$, but i don't expect all that building quality (even though being made by Asus and not Sammy gives me hope). But a Nokia tablet... oh thats another thing.. I just f* love Nokia build quality, and desing isn't bad too. BUT for that price and on ..Nah, I'll skip.

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

wait im confused.....arm is suppose to be the CHEAP tabs right? or is it the other way?

4. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Microsoft is greedy, that's not new.

5. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Well, is windows tablet cost so much then that only means ill be sticking to Android tablets!!

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Did Microsoft confirm this?

7. thelegend6657 unregistered

They are screwed before launch

8. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I was routing for Windows 8 until this. I'd rather get a $399.99 iPad 2 or a Nexus Tab.

23. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Then I say you'll get exactly what you want and what you can afford. You're the consumer! I'll save up the additional $200 or $300 bucks to get the device I think will be better than the iPad. I think the Metro style is great! At work people were craving for the iPad after a month they're like wow! Is this it? However, if it's your taste or something else, like I wrote you're the consumer it's all your choice. :)

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

They're getting greedy and cocky even before it's launch just because there's hype? Oh well, typical Microsoft, look what they did with WP7...

10. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Microsoft will sell 1 billion tablets this year.

15. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

At these prices, it's more likely they will end up helping Apple sell 1 billion iPads this year.

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

The price for a new refresh OS... I'm willing too pay... i seen a video that shows W8 is very smooth.. besides that. .. I want something different... I have iOS,Android,W7.. :-)

16. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Ok, counting you, it looks like MS has racked up one whole customer. I sure hope they spend your $85 wisely, because they probably won't be getting many more.

12. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

WTF? Stupid Ballmer.

13. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

I'll still be getting on running real PC software baby

14. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Smoke some more crack MS.

17. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Im not really buying this report. Microsoft has not become a giaby being stupi. d on either the tech or business side of the isle. You dont come into a party a couple years late and steal the show by expecting people to pay more to adopt a new platform.. They have the knowledge and bank account to take a loss establishing themselves as an superior platform, then start reaping the rewards by charging a premium. It would be like Android or PalmOS coming in a year late and expecting to charge as much as the established iPad. We all know how thats turned out.

18. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It will be a bust. Nobody is liking Windows 8's UI outside of tablets, but given that the tablet version is going to be nerfed in terms of functionality, and is going to cost more than an Ipad or Android tablet, I just dont see this going anyway. Looks like Gates may need to come out of retirement.

19. gayasarafe

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I think it's justified...they are giving you the best of the both worlds: PC and tablets. So I thinks it;s okay

21. RichieRich379

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I think they can get away with charging manufactures $85 a pop as long as those manufactures don't pass the tarrif on to the consumers. Everybody knows window 8 tablets will be a huge sucess; why? Because nobody buys android tablet and those that have don't like it, so there is a big hole for the taking. Now window phone 8 or apollo they need lots of help from manufactures and developers to succeed.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"Because nobody buys android tablet and those that have don't like it" Voted "Best Phase" Turd 4 Troll award. LOL!!!!! I just bought "24" for company use.

24. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Lol ill stick with a Samsung Tab 2 10.1

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