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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 JediJeb on 3/2/2014 3:10:36 PM , Rating: 0
I sometimes forget to change IE's default search to Google.. I notice it right away when I search for something from the titlebar and all these sites not particularly relevant come up - "oops, forget to change default search" is my immediate thought....

I gave up on IE completely when the merged the search and url bars. I go to type in a web address and it automatically searches, and it lacks the dropdown I have on FF of the last ten sites I visited. I tried the tricks I found online to disable the search function and it sorta did, but I shouldn't need to search to find a way to turn it off at all.

If it wasn't for lack of drivers and support for the hotkey adjustments for brightness and sound on my laptop I would not even have MS on it at all. Bing, W8, IE, all their new versions have turned me off to MS completely.

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