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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 AMDftw on 2/28/2014 11:53:20 AM , Rating: 4
5 out of 5 for me. Google wins.


RE: You can't even give it away
By Mitch101 on 2/28/2014 12:11:37 PM , Rating: 4
Draw for me 3 of 5 on the bing side. I can see the link I would choose within the top 3 of both.

You want to talk about disasters how about the new google maps interface. Way to ruin a good thing. Google if its not broken don't fix it. Its like a horrible copy of Here.com

I also view bing as an application more than just search. Finding cheap airline flights and whether the price is going up or down Bing wins hands down.

Google certainly stole the forever scroll on images from bing except google images messes up a lot when you click on an image it open in an area of the screen where you have to scroll way up to get to it thats if and when it chooses to stay open.

Who doenst like searching for videos on Bing. Hands down the best for finding videos.


RE: You can't even give it away
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/28/2014 12:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
Umm, "videos". For research, right? ;-)


RE: You can't even give it away
By Mitch101 on 2/28/2014 12:19:00 PM , Rating: 4
LOL Caught me one handed. ;)


RE: You can't even give it away
By Souka on 2/28/2014 12:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm....

I did 5 searches using the bingiton website and noticed something odd with the results.

The Google side of the page looked very dull, plain, low contrast fonts and grainy. Whereas the Bing side was neat, bold, and sharp.

I took my same searches, went directly to google.com, and did the searches. The results were formatted and fonts looked better compared to bingit on.

Hmm... go figure... the bingiton makes the google search look like crap.

Google should put out its own version... call it googleiton.com :)


RE: You can't even give it away
By retrospooty on 2/28/2014 12:58:10 PM , Rating: 4
"Google should put out its own version... call it googleiton.com "

That just isn't needed. Bing has an inferior product, next to no market share, and no chance of ever being a threat unless something dramatically changes with Bing's engine. Why even acknowledge them.


RE: You can't even give it away
By Reclaimer77 on 3/1/2014 9:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
What a shock, Google wins for everyone here BUT Mitch. How convenient!

quote:
You want to talk about disasters how about the new google maps interface.


Way to stay on topic bud!

quote:
Google certainly stole the forever scroll on images from bing


Are you running against Apple'tards for most annoying and obnoxious fanbois ever? Accusing everyone of "stealing" from you is a staple of theirs. Microsoft hardly invented this concept, come on.

quote:
Who doenst like searching for videos on Bing. Hands down the best for finding videos.


Most every video of any consequence is going to be on YouTube anyway. I use YouTube to search for videos. Why would I fire up Bing to find videos?


By inighthawki on 3/1/2014 4:09:19 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Most every video of any consequence is going to be on YouTube anyway. I use YouTube to search for videos. Why would I fire up Bing to find videos?

Bing videos is famous for searching for porn ;)


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