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 7:41:32 PM
BING is amazing, and I'm not kidding at all. Go do some image searches on Google and then try Bing... you will NEVER go back to Google. The ability to sort images by color, type, category, size, etc etc is great stuff. The results are just better too. Live videos, slideshows. The regular search is good too, absolutely as good or better than Google.
Your comment sounds exactly like people that speak but have not tried. Those blind Scroogled tests you can do prove it. They lists the results side by side and you have to pick the best one... it's almost always Bing. Go try it, open your mind. At least TRY.
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