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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 hughlle on 2/28/2014 11:59:14 AM , Rating: 2
It's all great that it works on low powered devices, jsut a shame that a lot of these low powered devices are also old devices with hardware not supported under win 8. I installed win 8 on a couple of older pc's a short while back. There were no driversavailable, and one of the results was nothing higher than an 800x600 resolution. I reverted back to windows 7 where the machines were quite content.

RE: You can't even give it away
By Camikazi on 2/28/2014 1:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 7 drivers work rather well in Windows 8 you know.

RE: You can't even give it away
By hughlle on 2/28/2014 2:00:12 PM , Rating: 2
Hence why i installed it. And it would not play ball whatsoever. So i went back to 7 and used vista drivers which it was quite happy to let me use.

RE: You can't even give it away
By mwarner1 on 3/8/2014 8:31:59 AM , Rating: 2
Update your hardware, you slack-jawed goon :)

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