Windows to be free on 9” and smaller tablets, also on IoT devices

Windows 8.1 logoMicrosoft piled high the announcements during the Build day-one keynote. In addition to lots of Windows Phone 8.1 information and big infodumps about Windows 8.1, Microsoft also made it known that Windows 8.1 will be available for free—at least on certain devices.

Microsoft wants to ensure that it has a piece of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) pie, so Microsoft VP Terry Myerson announced that when Windows is available for IoT-type devices, it will be available for free.

Windows 8.1 for IoT

Availability of the IoT version of Windows was not announced—nor were any additional specific details on what an IoT version of Windows might look like or how it might differ from a desktop or mobile version.

Microsoft не уточняет, касается ли новая инициатива всех версий Windows 8.1 или только Windows RT.

Windows to be free on 9” and smaller tablets, also on IoT devices

КAdditionally, Myerson announced that "Windows" will also be available for free on "phones and tablets with screen sizes less than nine inches." Myerson didn't say what version or type of Windows is covered under this new policy—whether it includes Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 RT, or both.

Both of these announcements, in Myerson's words, are intended to eliminate any friction between would-be Windows developers and any kind of platform they might want to develop on. The tablet pricing change is effective, in Myerson's words, as of "now." There's currently no word on when the IoT version of Windows will be released.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, Windows 8.1

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