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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 SpartanJet on 2/28/2014 1:59:59 PM , Rating: -1
I guess you haven't seen androids UI, there is a reason like half the top apps are things that make it less ugly.

Windows 8.1 UI is fantastic. I think I like it even more since I bought a Venue 11 Pro with the baytrail processor.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By nafhan on 2/28/2014 2:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
there is a reason like half the top apps are things that make it less ugly
Yes, and that reason has a name: choice! Your opinion of less ugly may be different from mine, and my opinion may be different from MS's. On WP8/W8, you get to go with MS's opinion, which you sound happy with.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By SpartanJet on 2/28/2014 4:42:52 PM , Rating: 1
Oh, I guess I'm imagining using programs like ModerMix and Start8 which allow you to customize JUST like in Android and for the same prices. Its crazy people moan about having to spend 5 bucks on a start menu, yet have no problem plucking down much more than that for their cheesy phone OS.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By nafhan on 2/28/2014 5:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't personally know of anyone who's plunked down $5 for a new launcher on Android, but I'd guess the complainers and the people willing to pay may be completely different groups.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By SilthDraeth on 2/28/2014 7:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
Classic Shell is free and gives you a classic start menu of your choice, and can make other changes as well.

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