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Why Windows is free, but not on your PC

Jared Newman | April 4, 2014
One of the bigger announcements at Microsoft's Build conference on Tuesday was a plan to make Windows free on smartphones, handheld tablets, and small Internet-connected gadgets.

Given that Microsoft isn't touching its traditional laptop and desktop licensing business, the free version of Windows hardly qualifies as a gambit. But it is a big bet that Microsoft's huge desktop and laptop licensing business will stabilize, freeing up the company to take more drastic measures in areas where it has struggled.


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