Microsoft, one of the software giants, recently released another successful (but minor) version of its Windows operating system, which actually was targeted to overcome the critics and inefficient features added to Windows 8. For instance, Microsoft replaced the Start menu with a tiled-based Start screen. However, it almost failed to make an impact on the users across the world, and therefore, the company had to bring what is more suitable to business as well as home users’ requirements. Though these particular changes were not directly introduced in Windows 8, a newer version of Windows namely Windows 8.1 was introduced. Not even this, Microsoft released a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 for those, who got the official subscription of Microsoft Windows 8.
Meanwhile, many watchers of Microsoft speculated about another release of windows 8.1 with Bing. Well, the newer version has nothing more than what we can call a low-cost edition of this particular Windows version, which was restricted only to the hardware manufacturers across the world selling PCs for a price of $250 only. However, this edition of Windows has no restrictions as far as the features and utilities of Windows operating system are concerned.
Alike Microsoft offered Windows 8.1 free of cost, you must be wondering if the Windows 8.1 with Bing is also available as a free service to Microsoft users? Well, since Windows 8.1 is launched only for the hardware manufacturers to add it to the low-cost devices, it is not available to consumers directly. This also enables the hardware makers drive the end-user usage of services offered by Microsoft, such as Bing, OneDrive, and more. Moreover, Windows 8.1 with Bing is not at all different from other editions of Windows released earlier, including Windows 8.1 Core (both 32 and 64-bit) with Update 1 installed.
Even though Microsoft initially targeted the computer market in China for selling multiple version of this Windows, the company must sell a fair share of the product in European market as well.
The only difference in such a computer as compared to others is that the user will not be able to change the default search engine using any of the browsers, not even with an internal or an external tool used for deployment. In fact, as the name of the operating system (i.e. Windows 8.1 with Bing) suggests, Bing will be the search engine that is configured automatically once the search for a particular keyword begins. Moreover, none of default browser settings can be altered for a modified search. However, user can only change the default search provider, but not the PC makers.
You must be thinking if the newer low-cost computers are available in the market, why not going for them. Well, I must mention that almost all the users across the world prefer using Google for searching things and information on the Internet. Therefore, why would somebody switch to something having a limited significance like low cost? Well, this is quite a strange story describing why Apple jumped into development of something that was already known to grab only a limited number of users. In contrast, the choice of purchasing a low-cost computer, having Bing set as the default search engine is not all the way a bad choice. It will be beneficial to all those who do not want to spend more on a computer.
Purchasing a low-cost computer, having almost no difference with other Windows-based computers does not make you achieve something that you have been looking for. It actually lets you save money that you can spend on other things playing key roles in your life. However, make sure you undergo no loss in all this. In case you have been looking for a low cost computer, Windows 8.1 with Bing is the right option for you.
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Last updated: 08/04/2014