Microsoft is continuing to build Windows 8.1 momentum by the day, and continues to want the operating system to be used by all. On Friday, Microsoft confirmed rumors about a new SKU of Windows that will have Bing as the default search engine and be much cheaper.
With the new Microsoft Windows 8.1 SKU, Microsoft can get Windows in the hand of a lot of new computer manufacturers, and get it installed in many more low cost machines. It will be debuted during Computex next month in Taipei, and could become a huge hit for Microsoft.
What Is Microsoft 8.1 With Bing?
Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing will be a OEM product available to computer manufacturers, and will put Bing as the default search engine. It is made for computer manufacturers looking to install Windows 8.1 on low cost machines, and at the same time gets many more people using Bing at no additional charge.
Currently, Microsoft sets Internet Explorer as the main search engine, but it won’t be in the upcoming Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Additionally, some may ship with Office 2013 or Office 365 as well, and is aiming to go after low cost machines and tablets with this low cost endeavor.
A New Strategy For Windows
This new offering from Microsoft is different than any other Windows product they have ever offered. It is meant to boost demand, get computer makers using Windows 8.1 more, and to get them from using Android and Chrome OS. Since they cannot change the Bing setting, it will make it discounted for them to distribute.
Whether or not users will like this new flavor of Windows is unsure, but Bing is continually evolving and it should be a success for Microsoft and Bing. Computex usually gathers a ton of different makers in one trade show, so giving them a low cost operating system like Windows to use on their machines, should make them happy. No official date has been noted on this product yet, but we would imagine it’s pretty soon if they are announcing it next month in Taipei.
This is a new Windows 8.1 offering from Microsoft. It should please computer makers, and should be a hit hopefully for Microsoft.