Microsoft reportedly has plans to help launch cheap Windows 8 tablets in India

Microsoft certainly would like to sell more Windows 8 tablets and recent reports claim that the company lowered the price of the OS to OEMs to help cut the overall costs of such devices. This week, a new report claims Microsoft will help to launch much cheaper Windows 8 tablets that will be sold in India.

The Indian Windows 8 tablets could be much cheaper in price than the $229 Dell Venue 8 Pro.

The Times of India states that the price of these tablets will be as low as Rs 10,000, or about $161. By contrast, the cheapest Windows 8 tablet at the Microsoft Store is Dell's 32GB version of the Venue 8 Pro, which is currently priced at $229. The site claims that the cheaper Indian tablets will be made and sold by HP and Dell, along with local OEMs like Karbonn and Lava; they could go on sale sometime in mid-2014.

The report says that Microsoft wants Windows 8 tablets to be more competitive with products that use Android, which currently dominate not just the Indian market but the worldwide tablet market. The research firm Gartner announced this week that Windows 8 tablets sold just four million units worldwide in 2013, compared to 70 million iPads from Apple and 120 million Android-based tablets.

Source: Times of India via Winbeta | Image via Dell

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I think the problem is not the price the problem is windows. Generally people don't like Windows/Windows 8 at all, not on desktops or on tablets. Why take on the hassle of Windows when you can have Android? I think Windows has missed out on being a big force on tablets. Tablets are about simplicity. Windows is not simple.

People generally don't like Windows? Yeah, I'm sure everyone's being forced to use it, even home owners. /s

Windows 8 seems to demo better on tablets in my experience. Generally the people I know who hate it on their PCs like it on a 10" tablet. Android sucks in so many ways. Even iOS is far more preferable.

I think that if Microsoft really wants to have succes with 8'' tablets then they need to optimize the UI for it. Windows 8 wasn't designed for 8'', just like WP wasn't designed for 6''. They're missing the 'sweetspot' with their current offering.

They could do something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6P-uXwG-18

Basically make the UI horizontal scrolling in portrait mode. I have a Surface RT and even on its 10'' screen the current scrolling in portait mode sucks. Portrait mode in general is bad. And thats how you use 8'' tablets!

Why in the world would MS not want very low cost Windows tablets released in the Western world also? Their market share would soar.

Yeah why only India? If they can produce such cheap tablets (and make profit) they should let everyone be able to purchase one. There are many people (myself included) who don't really need a tablet but would like one and will probably jump at the opportunity of owning one at a good price. As it currently stands I will never spend $450 or so for a device that's a little more than a toy. That doesn't mean I wouldn't want to have on to surf the web or check Facebook while "watching TV" with my wife (meaning she's watching and I'm spacing out lol

Obry said,
As it currently stands I will never spend $450 or so for a device that's a little more than a toy.

$450? You don't have to pay more than $229 for a tablet running full Windows 8.1, not RT... and it's definitely not a toy. You could use it as a portable desktop computer if you wanted... probably install Windows 7, Ubuntu, Android-x86, and OS X if you wanted.

seeprime said,
Why in the world would MS not want very low cost Windows tablets released in the Western world also? Their market share would soar.

because india has lot of momentum and developers already working on .NET and cannot afford even the cheapest windows tablet. here in US everyone can afford a tablet. infact most people prefer more expensive tablets.