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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3/1/2014 11:25:13 AM
They shouldn't call it Windows at all. They should rename it 'Freebing'.
I will be installing it on old computers that can't run XP bloat any more to see if other people's anecdotes can be my own. If someone has a problem with an XP machine, like it's too slow, I can say to them, hey, load Freebing on it and it'll do everything you want, faster and you won't have to wait for the computer to boot in 5 minutes, either.' They'll say 'How much' and I can then reply, 'just give me some sugar baby.'
"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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