Report: Microsoft Considering Offering Free “Windows 8.1 with Bing”
February 28, 2014 10:21 AM
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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
, 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.”
, 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.
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RE: You can't even give it away
2/28/2014 4:02:08 PM
For me, it's split; but you can make any side 'win' at will because the search result formatting is very distinctly different between Bing/Google. If you can't tell which result belongs to which engine, you're not trying. It's
a blind test.
For most purposes, including scientific/technical info, they both win. Almost invariably, the thing I wanted is at or near the top.
For product capability searches (e.g., "does phone X support AptX?") Bing usually deprioritizes some of the vendor chaff, so I prefer that.
If I'm actually looking for vendors that sell product X, Google triumphs.
Really, the slight variances in result prioritization are minute, and people pick the engine that they're used to (which, of course, is why Bing can't 'overtake' Google).
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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