Report: Microsoft Considering Offering Free “Windows 8.1 with Bing”
February 28, 2014 10:21 AM
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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
, 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.”
, 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.
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RE: You can't even give it away
2/28/2014 12:04:21 PM
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
2/28/2014 12:43:22 PM
"And while a decade ago I thought of Microsoft as the bad guy and Google the good guy, I sure don't anymore. "
Agreed, I used to think the same thing a decade ago. Now I know better, and I recognize Microsoft, Google, and Apple are all bad guys. All three are hell bent on locking you in to their respective ecosystems, and harvesting as much data as they can from you. No thanks!
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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