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    , RobGreenly wrote


    I've heard that Microsoft charges $99 to the OEMs for Windows 8,


    and being closely tied, Microsoft can charge themselves a lot less.


    So, the OEMs can never compete with Microsoft on price irregardless how high they raise the price.

    I would think that a large OEM, with all the supply chain advantages that are implied, could easily compete against a Microsoft device.

    Think about Samsung, for example. They have factories build RAM, displays, etc, that - by your logic - could be almost free to the device building division. Microsoft has to BUY all that stuff from Samsung.