There is talk going around that Microsoft is experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that they are calling "Windows 8.1 with Bing". Basically it sounds like it will be Windows 8.1 but will have a whole bunch of Microsoft software bundled with it in exchange for the free price tag. This might not be the worst idea in the world especially on cheaper systems that could potentially compete with Chromebooks. TechCrunch has the full story.
Microsoft is looking at a cost conscious crisis, relative to both mobile and desktop hardware, and on the heels of the news that it might be reducing its Windows Phone software license fee, there’s new evidence that it’s looking at pursuing the same strategy for the desktop. The Verge reports that Microsoft has an experimental free version of Windows 8.1 called “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”