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Microsoft makes Windows cheaper for manufacturers with Windows 8.1 with Bing


Microsoft has announced Windows 8.1 with Bing, a new version of the operating system that will soon begin shipping on low-cost hardware — and low-cost hardware only. In exchange for lower licensing fees (Microsoft isnt revealing specifics on how much OEMs are saving), Windows 8.1 with Bing products must ship with Bing as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. End users can obviously switch to Google or another preferred search provider after purchase, but manufacturers must make Bing the default out of the box. Since its targeted at and sold exclusively to OEMs, consumers wont have any way of purchasing a standalone copy of Windows 8.1 with Bing.

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