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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 Wererat on 2/28/2014 4:02:08 PM , Rating: 2
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 not a blind test.

My impressions:

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).


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