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
3/1/2014 10:16:21 AM
Oh, I don't really care. I've learned to deal with it like I learned to deal with previous versions. I can customize several schemes for organization at any of the levels that I want. In the past I had to wait and hover, wait and hover, wait and hover, or double click. With Windows 8, you can essentially customize the launch button, which makes some things easier.
Under the hood things like booting in 10 seconds and running on lower powered machines means nothing to a lot of the folks who put it down. Other things like its actually sound security is really the best out-of-the-box I've ever seen from them.
When the power went out for a second last week, I hit the on button and restored myself in 10 seconds. Turning it off and turning it on has never been like that with any previous version of Windows. And for me that is really huge. I don't know why people get hung up over it because of stupid things like the launch button. I've hated having it back and wish I hadn't taken the 'upgrade' to .1.
Speed and hardware management are not trivial things to put into an OS.
You guys are nuts to care so much about a ribbon.
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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