Microsoft has an urgent problem in regards to Windows they need to solve as soon as possible. Well, actually two problems…Three.
On the one hand, the support for Windows XP will expire on April 8. But Windows XP is installed on 30% of all PCs, and users do not seem to be in a hurry to change it.
Furthermore, the acceptance of Windows 8 has not been as fast as expected, despite the improvements offered in Windows 8.1.
The obvious solution to both of these problems would be transferring users from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. Microsoft has even suggested the Windows 8.1 users to encourage their relatives and friends to use it.
But here is where the third problem arises: you can’t take the programs and settings from XP to Windows 8.1. From Windows 7 and other systems, you can. From XP to Windows 8.1, you have to do a complete clean install, reinstalling all your programs and configurations. And that scares many XP users.
Satya Nadella’s company continues to seek new solutions to increase the number of users of Windows 8.1.
Now, according to the web TweakTown, citing a source told by The Verge, Microsoft plans to release Windows 8.1 for free. This free version is called Windows 8.1 with Bing.
Apparently, it will include several Microsoft apps with certain limitations, the Bing search engine installed by default, and strong cloud support with OneDrive and online versions of Office. They will attempt to monetize this free version through the cloud service.
This version of Windows 8.1 will be free only available for users of Windows 7, enabling easy migration.
With Windows 8.1 with Bing, Microsoft is apparently trying to face the increasing popularity of Chrome OS and Ubuntu, which are free.
They have also lowered the price of Windows 8.1 to 70%, according to some sources.
A new update of Windows 8 is expected to be released in April, along with the end of the support for XP. Maybe then they will announce this new Windows 8.1 with Bing thing, since for now it’s just a rumor.