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Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is building "Windows 8.1 with Bing," a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and services. While early versions of the software have leaked online, we understand that Windows 8.1 with Bing is an experimental project that aims to bring a low-cost version of Windows to consumers. ZDNet first reported some Windows 8.1 with Bing details earlier this week.Report: Microsoft Experimenting With Free Windows 8.1 With Bing [theverge.com]
Anything free from M$ will really get attention.
I think the problem with Win 8 on a desktop is that it's horrible. It's fine for a tablet and phone.
Those who do use Bing like it much better.I heard one of those guys just died and the other got into water colors in a big way. In any case, Microsoft still loses a half billion every quarter on Bing. Compare that to Google, which makes billions and billions each quarter, well, there is no comparison.
I don't even think this is aimed at getting new customers but trying to keep the old ones from bailing to Mac or Ubuntu
Win 8's primary interface doesn't work as well without a touch screen and that's why I predict future "desktop" machines will start coming with touch screens by default
There is no way I'll be "upgrading" to an OS that requires me to sit closer and get my greasy fingerprints all over them.
I know she's not alone because her friends and work colleagues have agreed on the matter: They dislike it.
In the long run you will either have to upgrade, or switch to another OS.
I personally don't get a lot of the outcry against the OS
I still don't have a clue what is installed on the computer - since their is no list of programs. The first week I had to shut it down by using the power switch because I couldn't find where they had hidden shutdown options. I have been in metro all of 2 minutes - just long enough to make sure I never see it again.
I don't like the Show the Apps because it is back in Metro
terrified of having to learn something new
a TINY proportion of global sales