Microsoft has announced an unspecified cut in the price it charges to manufacturers to install Windows 8 RT on small tablets.

The move would enable manufacturers to either increase profits, making it more appealing for them to support the struggling platform, or to cut prices in an attempt to boost consumer demand.

Microsoft has declined to comment on sales figures for its own Surface tablets, but they have been estimated at 1.5 million, giving it less than a 1 percent share of the market.

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