Microsoft Working on a Free Version of Windows 8.1?
Windows 8 may not quite have the market share compared to past operating systems, but Microsoft is currently working on a way to try and solve that. According to a new report, the folks in Redmond are experimenting with a "Windows 8.1 with Bing," which takes the newest version of the OS and bundles it with various apps and services. Windows 8.1 already comes with plenty of apps built-in, including Bing SmartSearch, so it's unclear how Windows 8.1 will set itself apart in that regard. However, it could be a way for Microsoft to market Windows 8.1 as a free or low-cost option for Windows 7 users to upgrade to, especially if there are some incentives involved. Windows 8.1 with Bing could also be offered to OEM builders at a discounted rate and then pass on those savings to consumers. Or there could be something else planned with Windows 8.1 with Bing, like merely a test to see how receptive consumers are to a potentially stripped-down version of the OS.
Whatever the case may be, hopefully we get some clarification at Microsoft's Build conference this April.
Source: The Verge