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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 bug77 on 2/28/2014 2:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody hated windows skins because they were ugly. They were hated because they were perceived as resource hogs. Metro is the other way around: it looks like a skin from 1990 because it's limited to whatever mobile GPUs can do, even when running on $200+ desktop GPUs (you want me to dig that comparison to an AOL page again?). To add insult to injury, WinXP could mimic Win98/2000 LnF, Vista and 7 let you turn Aero off if you don't like it. But not Metro.
Call me spoiled, but coming from a Linux world, I have reflex reaction against things shoved down my throat.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By jardows on 2/28/2014 3:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose you use Slackware, and not Ubuntu?

RE: Dear Microsoft
By bug77 on 2/28/2014 4:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
Kubuntu and Fedora (KDE) atm.

RE: Dear Microsoft
By nafhan on 2/28/2014 5:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
Why Slackware? If you're referring to the Ubuntu Window manager controversy, swapping out the window manager is simple, and starting off with something other than Unity is even simpler (i.e. Kubuntu or Mint).

I personally prefer OpenSUSE.

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