Microsoft to up Windows licensing fees

Microsoft campusNotebook vendors who have the nerve to sell machines using high end hardware specs are going to have to pay Microsoft for the privilege.

According to a report in Taiwanese wire Digitimes, this is not making the vendors – such as HP, Dell, Acer, and Asustek very happy.

The notebook market is currently faltering as people move to smartphones and to tablets, and margins are already tight for the manufacturers.

But with Windows 10 due out at the end of July, the additional licensing fees that Microsoft will levy will leave the vendors between a rock and a hard place.

Prices are already at rock bottom for many models of Windows based notebooks and the only way the vendors can sell high end models is if they take the hit, as the world+dog won’t way to pay more than they need to for an already expensive machine.

Microsoft is offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for people using Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in a bid to move minds and hearts of a somewhat disillusioned user base.

The free upgrade will expire after a year, and Microsoft hasn’t yet indicated what it will charge people then.