Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jan 2014 01:56 UTC

Although Apple and Google officially sit out the biggest tech trade show of the year, their platforms are well represented by the third parties that create thousands of products for them. This year it feels like Microsoft is simply being left out.

Windows has virtually no presence in the two biggest things to hit computing in a long time, and it's starting to show. Microsoft may not be in trouble - but Windows is.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by japh on Fri 10th Jan 2014 08:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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Tell me if this rumor is true that MS may offer Windows phone free to manufacturers. If this is correct, offering Windows desktop for free is not a far-fetched idea.

It IS far-fetched. Desktop Windows makes tonnes of money for Microsoft. WP8 struggles to stay relevant. You can't put a big price tag on it then and hope it'll compete favorably with more or less free alternatives.

Of course, WP8 being free or not might just be a pointless theoretical exercise. If it's more or less only Nokia (soon Microsoft), they'll be paying themselves and the price really does not matter.

Giving up the cash cow that desktop windows is would be something very different.

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