"There is surely downward price pressure from every direction [but] I would expect that OEM pricing was established a long time ago," said Gillen, countering the idea that Microsoft hasn't released retail pricing because it's still wrestling with OEM pricing. "How do you get partners to invest millions of dollars or hundreds of millions in developing a product if they don't know what their cost of materials will add up to?"
Microsoft has been sluggish in revealing other aspects of Windows 8. It didn't unveil the versions it would sell until mid-April, about two-and-a-half months later in the development cycle than in Windows 7's case. It's also declined to specify prices for the Surface line, its first foray into PC and tablet manufacturing.
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