Microsoft had quite a struggle pleasing PC owners with its Windows 8. This is why the company decided to come up with an offer people cannot refuse: a free O.S upgrade. They could be working on this new version that will only cost a little or nothing at all to install, thus saving customers as much as $119.99.
Windows 8.1 with Bing
Getting curious? Here?s the catch: this version of Windows O.S is rumored to be called Windows 8.1 with Bing. It would offer better Microsoft services than the usual Surface tablet. While the details are not yet revealed, this specific version could be similar to Amazon?s Kindles with ads on the screen display. This triggers the curiosity of PC owners whether the 8.1 with Bing will also have ads displayed on the screen.
This is also why Microsoft could be treating this new version as an experiment. The company has done the same in the past by offering Starter editions of Windows XP and 7. They were sold to computer manufacturers at a lower licensing fee compared to the full versions. These starter editions were stripped of some features from the full Windows version.
Wzor.net revealed screenshots of the Windows 8.1 with Bing. However, the images do not reveal much of what this low ? cost O.S has to offer. The system profile shows that there will be limited touchscreen support with only 8 touch points, while the full version supports ten.
Will this Save Microsoft?s Big Revenue Loss?
With this rumored ?free? Windows 8.1 upgrade, the question remains whether Microsoft could gather back its revenue loss using this strategy or not. The company could gain from OneDrive and the Skype subscriptions. However, we are talking about billions of dollars that Microsoft can gain from Windows licensing fees per quarter.
The tech giant is working on changing Bing to much more than a search engine with a system that links together all of your Microsoft services, subscriptions and devices. Bing has been integrated with Windows 8, but everything is sealed down to the new Windows 8.1 upgrade. For now, we can only make assumptions that Microsoft plans to make profit from this step, but how they intend to do it remains unknown.