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Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners Nick Parker has confirmed that we will be seeing a lot of cheaper tablets that run Windows 8.1 in the near future, some of which might be priced well below $200.

In a chat with reporters after his keynote address at Computex 2014 earlier this week, Parker is quoted as saying:

We'll reach price points that are very industry competitive for 7, 8, 10-inch devices. They will really surprise you. Last year, we were in the 3s, 4s, 500 dollars. This year, we'll be 1s, 2s, 3s.

The news comes two months after Microsoft announced it would offer OEMs free copies of Windows for devices smaller than nine inches. At least one of them was showing off a 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet at Computex with a claim that it will be priced as low as $100 when the design is released later this year.

Parker would not comment if Microsoft plans to continue offering Windows for free for smaller products or if it will go back to charging OEMs in 2015. He did state that some new Windows Phone products will be priced below $200 in some markets, but specifics were not revealed.

Do you think we are in for a flood of ultra-cheap Windows 8.1 tablets this fall and if so is that a good thing for both Microsoft and consumers?

Source: Wall Street Journal