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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 Argon18 on 2/28/2014 2:42:56 PM , Rating: -1
"You're free to turn it off."

That's a bunk argument and here's why. The majority of consumers will never change the default settings. If the defaults suck, the product sucks.

For example, nobody "chooses" to use Internet Explorer. The fact that it comes installed by default gives it a huge market share advantage. Because many people don't know any better, and aren't savvy enough to seek out a better replacement like Firefox or Chrome. All they know is "internet" they don't know or care about browsers or rendering engines.

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."

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