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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 wordsworm on 3/1/2014 10:16:21 AM , Rating: 1
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.


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