Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Sep 2009 18:01 UTC
Windows Microsoft has been very protective over its OEM pricing, and while various figures float around the web, the company has never really confirmed or denied any of them. At the Jefferies Annual Technology Conference, however, Charles Songhurst, general manager of Corporate Strategy, revealed some of the pricing details for OEMs.
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OEM differences
by gavin.mccord on Fri 18th Sep 2009 13:49 UTC
gavin.mccord
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2005-09-07

50$ on a $1000 machine is nothing. But bear in mind small system builders pay significantly more than the big boys.

In the UK, prior to Vista's release, a single OEM copy of XP Home was available from distributors at approx £43+VAT with XP Pro about £10-15 dearer. I think XP Home is currently about £53+VAT; it's still available if you know where to look.

So add in your markup, and you probably want to sell it about £75, which on a £200-£250 base unit, makes it extremely hard to compete with the big boys.

Small wonder that so many rogue outfits existed loading PCs with one dodgy corporate licence.

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