Saturday, May 24, 2014

A new low-cost Windows, Windows 8.1 with Bing

With Windows 8.1 update 1, Microsoft made it's operating system free for all devices under 9 inches and the system requirements were reduced to 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage. Even a new installation mode was introduced which would let you install Windows in low-end devices with less storage. The uptake of Windows tablets are not going in the best way as Microsoft intended as the tablets which had larger screens still had to pay a good amount of money for Windows Licensing. 

And this is the reason why Windows 8.1 with Bing is here, it's considered to be the cheapest version of Windows. However, Microsoft is clever enough not to sell the OS to consumers but only to OEM's who produce low-end devices. Microsoft stated that it is important to work with it's partners to deliver Windows devices in a wide range of market.

The Redmond giant said in the announcement "As we move forward, many of these lower cost devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing provides all the same great experiences that Windows 8.1 offers with the Windows 8.1 Update, and comes with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. And of course customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu, providing them with control over search engine settings."

Well it does not do much bad to OEM's as it is still possible to change the preferences of Windows to the consumers choice. Bing will be default search engine in internet explorer only that means if you use some other browsers like Chrome,Firefox and Opera, you won't find any difference in between Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with Bing. It's good that Microsoft did not lock the Bing with Windows 8.1 with Bing.

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