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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: Dear Microsoft
By inighthawki on 2/28/2014 1:29:26 PM , Rating: 2
You're free to turn it off. Unlike in Win8, Microsoft gave people a CHOICE in Win7. Uncheck a box and appease both parties.

Also, you don't seriously think it's worse than Windows 8? 8 has a nearly unnoticeable window border which on inactive windows is barely visible at all and blends in with the gray color that many applications use as the background color. Every window in Win8 blends together like one giant block of gray.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By Argon18 on 2/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: Dear Microsoft
By inighthawki on 2/28/2014 3:24:39 PM , Rating: 5
Your counter-argument makes no sense. In fact it might be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.

On top of the fact that you are arguing that a feature should be removed because some people will never turn it off, your IE example isn't accurate because glass can be disabled with a checkbox. The different themes are already installed. You don't need to go through some complex task to go find, download, and install software to change the default. You just click a checkbox and click "OK."

RE: Dear Microsoft
By HoosierEngineer5 on 3/1/2014 8:01:37 PM , Rating: 2
For Micorsoft Office applications, I haven't yet found the "OFF" button.

On the products that support it, this is Microsoft's best feature.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By HoosierEngineer5 on 3/1/2014 8:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
And I HATE when Windows 7 rearranges the taskbar.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By HoosierEngineer5 on 3/1/2014 8:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't yet exposed myself to Windows 8. Thanks for the warning!

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