It also said that Windows 8.1 will support smaller form factor tablets and it will vary its licensing model to reflect that change.
Nick Parker, OEM VP at Microsoft, said: “We’re increasing our investment by providing Office in the box. That gives OEMs and their channel partners a premium sale, rather than an aftersale.”
But he seemed to imply that other than these changes, there will be no other licence changes.
Despite analysts reporting that there is a widespread fall in PC sales, Parker refused to be drawn on how that had affected sales of Windows 8. Nor did he accept the view of some analysts that disappointment about the original rev of Windows 8 had itself affected sales.
“We’re an industry going through transformation,” Parker said. “If you look at the categories where we have growth. it is up to us in the PC industry to be more agile”.
Microsoft will also bundle Office with RT, when the time comes.