WSJ by way of Electronista: It's reporting that Microsoft is charging PC makers only $15 per copy of Windows for netbooks, low-cost laptops that cost around $300, about a third of the cost of a PC version of Windows.
Ballmer Watch: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive officer, is hitting the road. He is traveling to Europe, Middle East and Africa this week. According to the company, he is holding meetings with high-level government officials, customers and partners to discuss how technology can help during an economic downturn and will appear in several public engagements. The company did not give any more details about whom he was meeting with.
Oracle wants to buy Sun Microsystems for more than $7 billion. Ballmer told Reuters he's "very surprised."