The Microsoft discounts are particularly tailored for portables with small displays that would likely appear this fall, these people said.
Such discounts could help reduce the price and increase the appeal of laptop computers running Windows 8, which was released last fall and offers a new touch-based computer interface. Analysts say sales have been slow, hobbled in part by the lack of devices equipped with the kind of touch-based displays that are common on tablets.
To be fair, it sounds like Microsoft is only discounting Windows 8 licenses for smaller tablets. It’s also possible this is actually for the new Windows Blue we’ve been hearing about lately.