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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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RE: You can't even give it away
By ranran on 2/28/2014 11:35:59 AM , Rating: 2
sorry, I'll have to disagree. Whenever I search in Bing, it's just......awful. When setting up new systems, I sometimes forget to change IE's default search to Google. I notice it right away when I search for something from the titlebar and all these sites not particularly relevant come up - "oops, forget to change default search" is my immediate thought....

RE: You can't even give it away
By retrospooty on 2/28/14, Rating: 0
RE: You can't even give it away
By kmmatney on 3/1/2014 10:57:57 AM , Rating: 2
Great post. Completely and 100% agree, and the same thing happens to me. Most of the time, in this situation I'm searching for a driver or a specific program, and the Bing results are utter crap. Switch to Google - suddenly I find everything I need.

RE: You can't even give it away
By JediJeb on 3/2/14, Rating: 0
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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