Microsoft has reportedly cut the price of Windows 8.1 for OEMs to help spur on development of sub $250 devices. Previously, Microsoft was charging $50 per licenses but now is only charging $15 and that will help OEMs cut the prices on their devices.
Microsoft recently announced that they had sold 200 million copies of Windows 8 which means that based on the current rate of sales, from launch to today, Windows 8 is selling at a rate of about 420,000 licenses per day. For reference, Microsoft sold roughly 240 million license of Windows 7 in a 12 month time period but it has taken Windows 8 15 months to hit 200 million sales. It’s quite clear that, while 200 million is a massive number, it is at a slower pace than Windows 7.