, DCMonkey wrote

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It reduces it for Microsoft, not for us. I don't see them lowering the price vs Win7.

If they don't raise the prices because they didn't incur a license fee of their own, then they're essentially lowering the prices vs what they would have priced Windows 8 in the first place.

Whether they price Windows 8 higher or lower compared to Windows 7 is irrelevant to the discussion.