Windows will be free for display devices under 9 inches
On the conference Build 2014 Microsoft announced a revolutionary change in licensing policy for Windows. Himself Windows 8.1, as well as the mobile edition Windows Phone 8.1 will be completely free for devices with display diagonal to 9 inches. Were still not clear whether the free edition of the operating system will be linked to the use of other Microsoft services such as Bing search engine or Skype.
In any case, the move will seriously increase the market presence of the company from Redmond smartphones and tablets, where Google has managed to achieve market dominance for Android namely by offering free operating system, which allows manufacturers to reduce costs on the devices themselves. Lack of additional fees may lead to the emergence of cheaper devices with platforms Microsoft.