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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 Argon18 on 2/28/2014 2:38:44 PM , Rating: 0
"I don't think anyone hates those things... Its the UI. It's so gutwrenchingly awful that people hate the OS as a whole. Simple as that. "

The UI is your only interface to the OS. Outside of geek web sites like this, nobody cares what happens under the hood.

Like a car, it could have a brilliant engine, transmission, and brakes, but if the driver's seat is painful to sit in, and the controls are clunky and awkward, people will hate the whole thing.

Microsoft is on a real turd streak as of late.


RE: You can't even give it away
By retrospooty on 2/28/2014 3:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
"The UI is your only interface to the OS. Outside of geek web sites like this, nobody cares what happens under the hood."

True, but even most geeks despise Win8.

"Microsoft is on a real turd streak as of late"

I agree with you on that... Too much pushing their own internal agenda, and not enough making products and features that people want. They do have a long history of screwing hte pooch, getting millions of complaints and fixing it 1 to 2 product cycles down the road. I am betting Win9 is released with swaggar like WIn 7 "How do you like me now?"


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