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Microsoft reportedly charging vendors $85 for Windows RT licenses

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:27PM EST

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Microsoft’s ARM-friendly Windows RT operating system may hit more than a few road blocks when it launches this fall. The software giant is reportedly charging tablet makers a whopping $85 licensing fee per device to use its latest operating system, potentially making it extremely difficult for companies to undercut Apple’s iPad. The purported pricing was revealed to VR Zone by numerous vendors during the Computex Taipei trade show, all of which claimed the price would be anywhere between $80 and $95 — $85 being the most frequently reported number. At those rates, ARM-powered Windows RT tablets will cost anywhere between $549 and $799 according to the site, while premium products could be priced between $799 and $899.


Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.

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