Three months ago a rumor surfaced claiming that Microsoft is preparing a special version of Windows 8.1 which will be low price or even free . This rumor was confirmed on Friday, but those who were hoping that Microsoft will offer this product to all interested users will be a little disappointed because it’s just a version intended for integrators.
In early April, at the the 2014 BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone OS 8.1 and Windows 8.1 will be offered without licensing costs for all phones and tablets with screens smaller than 9inch in diagonal.The company didn’t provide further details at this time, but the newly announced Windows 8.1 with Bing was unveiled Friday in an official announcement and clarifies how Microsoft will try to make the platform more attractive in terms of cost.
In the standard version of Windows 8.1, the Bing search engine is set as a service, but OEM integrators can integrate this engine in their products. In the new version of Windows 8.1 with Bing, Integrators can not alter this setting, but buyers will not be prevented from choosing Google Search or another search engine. However Microsoft assumes, that many of them will not chose another search engine in an effort of the company to attract more users to its search service, but also find an additional source of income to compensate for partial or total loss resulting from reduction or elimination licensing costs.
Beyond this difference, the standard version and “with Bing” are identical in all respects. The Company currently does not offer more details about licensing costs, but we already know that the tablets with smaller than 9 inch screens will enjoy free licensing.
Microsoft has already announced several software optimizations that allow Windows 8.1 implementation on a cheaper tablets. At BUILD 2014, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 will receive an update that will allow installation on systems with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, and the new version of Windows 8.1 will attack the market from another direction: the cost .