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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 chripuck on 2/28/2014 11:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
I develop software for a living and upgraded to Win 8.1 from Win 7 for the multi-monitor support alone. As you noted, it's dead simple to turn off the tablet functionality (which I wonder why Microsoft didn't do in the first place) so it was a no brainer.

I also use Bing, mainly for the Bing rewards, which I just used to get 100 GB of OneDrive for free until 2021. I also have this nifty little thing called a Bookmark, which lets me quickly switch to Google for searching if Bing doesn't give me what I want.

RE: You can't even give it away
By Wolfpup on 2/28/2014 12:04:21 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, I find 8's multimonitor support better too. Yet another little improvement.

And I use Bing for the same reason LOL. I find it just fine usually, I find it totally competent. And while a decade ago I thought of Microsoft as the bad guy and Google the good guy, I sure don't anymore.

RE: You can't even give it away
By Argon18 on 2/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: You can't even give it away
By KiwiTT on 2/28/2014 12:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
I have no problems with Multi-monitor support in Windows 7. I just extend my desktop to two screens. It is enough for me.

RE: You can't even give it away
By inighthawki on 2/28/2014 1:13:48 PM , Rating: 3
I think he is referring to things like the extended taskbar support.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/1/2014 10:02:20 AM , Rating: 1
I also use Bing, mainly for the Bing rewards, which I just used to get 100 GB of OneDrive for free until 2021.

Translation: Microsoft offered me a bribe to use Bing, and I went for it.

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