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Inexpensive devices from Intel to run Microsoft and Google

Posted on 21. Apr, 2013 by in Technology, Technology Featured

Sources said that very cheap Intel-based laptops and tablets would run Microsoft and Google operating systems

Sources said that very cheap Intel-based laptops and tablets would run Microsoft and Google operating systems

April 21, 2013 - Sources said that very cheap Intel-based laptops and tablets would run Microsoft and Google operating systems.

Paul Otellini the CEO of Intel said earlier this week that touch devices might debut at as little as $200. However, the cheapest electronic devices might have non-Windows operating systems, which mean they might not necessarily be equipped with Windows 8 as was originally thought.

A source close to the situation said that Intel would participate in the $200 price point market in 2013.

On Friday, a report online said that Intel had been promoting Android convertible notebooks. The report also said that in the upcoming months Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Asus and Hewlett-Packard would all be launching products.

There are also rumors in the industry of a 7-inch tablet operating Windows 8 and using an Atom processors by Intel that will debut for as little as $299.

These price barriers have caused the PC market to drop, as it is easier to spend just $299 for a tablet instead of three times more on a PC. However, if it is possible to lower the price of PCs to $200 to $300 then the playing field is even and the impact on demand would be positive.

Microsoft announced on Thursday that its future small electronic devices would have competitive prices. The software giant said it is working closely with makers of PCs on a series of small devices with touchscreen capabilities that are run by Windows. Microsoft added that the price points would be competitive and available over the next few months.

However, even with the rumored discounts for Microsoft’s Office and Windows 8 software licensing, a device operating Windows 8 at $200 could be difficult to make a profit, said a source close to the situation.

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