Microsoft today announced few low-priced laptops from HP, Acer and Toshiba, specially targeted for the upcoming holiday season. MS believes that these cheaper devices would help it to fight with Google Chromebooks. Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner introduced these devices in company’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 event.
Most interesting announcement came from HP, which is planning HP Stream laptops priced at $199. HP may also release 7” and 8” versions of Stream series devices for the price of $99. On the other hand, Acer and Toshiba are planning for Celeron-based laptops priced under $250. These three vendors already ship Chromebooks, out of which Acer’s C720 Chromebook is extremely popular. Moreover, Acer has recently revealed new models of C720 series with Core i3 processor.
Microsoft has already slashed Windows OEM license prices, and announced a special edition of its operating system “Windows with Bing” to attract vendors and reduce the price of Windows laptops. It is very clear that the MS is worried because of rising Chromebooks sales, and trying everything to save its market share.