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Microsoft expects that consumers could see a seven inch tablet running on Windows 8.1 in stores priced as low as $99 this fall, along with notebooks as cheap as $199.

The company's chief operating officer Kevin Turner made those claims today as part of his section of Microsoft's 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference keynote address. His statement would seem to confirm a report back in June, when a Chinese OEM claimed that it would release an eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet later this year that would cost $100. Microsoft announced during BUILD that it would ditch its manufacturer royalty fee to OEMs for devices smaller than nine inches.

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Turner said that there are Windows 8.1 notebooks priced as low as $249 that compete with the budget priced Chromebooks from Google. They include the Acer Aspire ES1, which is already out, and an 11.6-inch Toshiba notebook that will be released in time for the holiday shopping season. Turner also showed off an upcoming $199 Windows 8.1 notebook from HP, the Stream, during the keynote address.

What do you think about these cheap Windows 8.1 devices that are due out later this year?

Source: Microsoft

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