Windows Enterprise Desktop

Mar 3 2014   11:08AM GMT

Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

The Web’s been abuzz with rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 that could be offered as an “upgrade” to Windows 7 users who might otherwise be disinclined to migrate to Windows’ upcoming Update 1 release scheduled for April 8 or thereabouts. Outlets as varied as TheVerge and Forbes have reported on this phenomenon, but Russian überleaker WZOR scores BIG with his leak of a EULA screen for “Windows 8.1 with Bing”


How convincing is a “possible EULA” for Windows with Bing? You decide…

Rumor has it that Windows 8.1 with Bing may be offered for free or a nominal cost, and made available to OEMs dirt-cheap, to encourage uptake of the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 release scheduled for April, 2014. Forbes also reports that this version would include some form of Microsoft Office (I’m guessing Home and Student, through a one-year online subscription), Skype, and, of course, OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive). Charley Blaine at Forbes hits the “what’s wrong with this picture?” button perfectly with the following observation, though (emphasis mine):

It’s not clear if “Windows 8.1 With Bing”  will ever exist in a commercial form. Some pieces of the idea don’t really make sense for a company that monetizes as much of its software as it can.

This adds additional interest and zest to monitoring the rumor mill for Windows 8.1 Update 1, though. It should be very interesting to see how this plays out when April 8 (the consensus date for the Update 1 release to drop) rolls around no so very long from now.

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  • Michelle Greenlee
    I've been using Windows 8 for several months and I agree Windows 8 isn't exactly an upgrade. It's indeed an "upgrade". We shall see if this rumor becomes a real life "feature" for Windows.
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  • Ed Tittel

    At least, we don't have to wait forever to ascertain what's real, and what's rumor. I'm intrigued that MS might possibly create a low-cost/no-cost option, because it could be just the thing to get the OEMs on board, and to encourage the vast teeming masses still running Windows XP (the other elephant in the room) to get on board with something more up-to-date. But because that idea actually makes some kind of sense, it's probably unlikely to actually occur! ;-)


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