Eva Dou and Spencer Ante of WSJ:
Microsoft Corp. has recently been offering price breaks on its Windows 8 and Office software to help spur the development of small, touch-enabled laptop computers, people familiar with the situation said.
Jerry Shen, Asustek Computer Inc. chief executive officer, separately said on Tuesday that Microsoft is making efforts to stimulate demand after slower-than-expected uptake of Windows 8. Mr. Shen declined to detail Microsoft’s initiatives but said that the changes will help Asus push out more mainstream-priced touch-screen Windows 8 notebooks this year.
So Microsoft is undercutting its own business model in an attempt to spur Windows 8 uptake? Say it with me now: shit… show…