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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 FITCamaro on 2/28/2014 12:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's a great UI for touch screens. It's only a bad UI with a keyboard and mouse.


RE: You can't even give it away
By retrospooty on 2/28/2014 3:34:06 PM , Rating: 1
"It's a great UI for touch screens. It's only a bad UI with a keyboard and mouse."

Yup... But MS's phone and tablet sales are anemic... The vast majority use kb/mouse, thus the masses of unhappy users.


RE: You can't even give it away
By Mint on 3/1/2014 11:13:37 AM , Rating: 2
This article is about offering Win 8.1 free, and will undoubtedly target tablets first and foremost.

For a convertible device, which is the only tablet I would ever buy aside from my phone, Win 8.1 is unmatched.


RE: You can't even give it away
By wordsworm on 3/1/2014 11:20:56 AM , Rating: 2
What is popular and what is best aren't always the same thing.

PC sales are also anemic right now, which is where MS is tied. But they are in this fight for the long haul. They make money on Android, if you haven't noticed. I believe Apple does, too.

The companies need to make a phone with no OS on it so that you can install your own. If that ever happens, it will be a game changer.


By retrospooty on 3/1/2014 2:44:01 PM , Rating: 2
OK, agreed, but I am not seeing what that has to do with the fact that Win8 puts a touchscreen UI for kb/mouse users. That is the issue.


By EricMartello on 3/1/2014 3:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
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PC sales are also anemic right now, which is where MS is tied. But they are in this fight for the long haul. They make money on Android, if you haven't noticed. I believe Apple does, too.


PC sales are reverting back to where they were pre-tablet. The spike in PC sales was due to them being the only option...but a lot of people do not use the full capabilities of a desktop (or even a laptop) when all they want to do is post bathroom selfies on instagram and write dumb sh1t on twitter. A phone or tablet suits this purpose and can be had "for free" when purchased with a cell service contract. Even with PC sales declining they will not evaporate. The market is always going to be there and it's still quite large.


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