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New version of Windows 8.1 would be free or "very low cost"

Things aren’t going exactly as planned for Microsoft with Windows 8/8.1. The operating system hasn’t kept up the sales pace with its predecessor, Windows 7, and has come under fire for user interface decisions that have infuriated users.
Microsoft, however, is countering by appealing to customers’ wallets. Microsoft is reportedly cutting Windows 8.1 license fees by 75 percent (on budget hardware priced $250 and below) in an effort to past cost savings on to the end-user.
Now, according to separate reports from The Verge and ZDNet, Microsoft may be taking things a step further.

Microsoft is reportedly developing a version of Windows 8.1 that will come bundled with Bing services strewn throughout the operating system. For now, this variant is simply known as “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”
According to The Verge, there are two possible avenues for Microsoft to offer this free version of Windows 8.1 to customers. The first would be as an upgrade to customers that are still using Windows 7. The second option would be to allow PC makers to offer Windows 8.1 with Bing on even lower-cost hardware to customers.
Either option (or both if Microsoft so chooses) would hopefully allow Microsoft to boost Windows 8.1’s market share.

Sources: The Verge, ZDNet

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I'll Bite
By jardows on 2/28/2014 11:02:25 AM , Rating: 4
I kinda like Windows 8. Haven't messed much with 8.1. Though whether I would keep it or not depends on how much Bing is integrated with the system - I'm not much of one for the Internet being a primary part of my operating system. Same reason I'm staying away from Chromebooks.

RE: I'll Bite
By Chadder007 on 2/28/2014 11:21:30 AM , Rating: 2
Considering how much the "cloud" is getting hacked on now Im staying away too.
Windows 8.1 isn't too bad for touchscreen devices, I just don't like the mouse/keyboard interaction still and I miss the taskbar showing at all times to click and flip to the other programs I have open.

RE: I'll Bite
By Fritzr on 2/28/2014 2:01:10 PM , Rating: 3
Right click on the taskbar
Click Lock taskbar and a checkmark appears
The taskbar stops hiding when there is no alert.

I forget when this option was added, but it used to be called auto-hide and you turned it off to lock the taskbar :)

RE: I'll Bite
By CaedenV on 2/28/2014 5:02:59 PM , Rating: 2
Been a feature since win98 I believe

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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