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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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Maybe I'm the only one..
By StraightCashHomey on 2/28/2014 11:38:46 AM , Rating: 3
I love Windows 8.1. You can throw it on any computer and it automatically picks up the drivers and works. Going back and using Windows 7 now feels like going from 7 back to XP. 7 just feels like an "old" OS when I use it now.

Even on my desktop computer, I can fly around in 8.1. I guess there was a learning curve, but just like Office 2010, once you're used to it, you're more efficient. On my Surface and touch laptops, the productivity comparison isn't even close. 8.1 wins hands down.




RE: Maybe I'm the only one..
By Dr K on 2/28/2014 2:03:21 PM , Rating: 3
"...just like Office 2010, once you're used to it, you're more efficient."

If this is an apt comparison, I have no interest in Win 8.1. I use office a lot and there's no doubt that after Office 2010 was forced on me by my IT department, my familiarity has never recovered. There are still features that I find very useful and equally difficult to get to in Office 2010. My 2 cents...


RE: Maybe I'm the only one..
By Argon18 on 2/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: Maybe I'm the only one..
By inighthawki on 2/28/2014 3:26:45 PM , Rating: 3
Is that a joke?


RE: Maybe I'm the only one..
By NicodemusMM on 2/28/2014 7:13:52 PM , Rating: 2
Please tell me you're kidding or outright lying, because no one can be that stupid.


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