Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 with Bing for lower cost devices

In helping hardware partners build lower-cost devices and continuing to make even more devices available to consumers, Microsoft has announced a new edition of Windows dubbed Windows 8.1 with Bing. This new software will offer everything that Windows 8.1 does, and will also come with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer (it can also be changed by the customer, if they wish).

Windows 8.1 with Bing will only be available preloaded on new PCs and tablets — many of which will also include Office or a one-year subscription to Office 365. You won't be able to buy the software separately, but OEMs will have access to help in making lower cost devices available. This will allow many more people to have access to Windows 8.1 devices at a much more affordable price, or as Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc explains:

"The end result is that more people—across consumer and commercial—will have access to an even broader selection of new devices with all the awesomeness that Windows 8.1 provides, and get Office too, all at a really affordable price. Additionally, as reach expands, the opportunity for developers and their apps also increases."

Windows 8.1 with Bing is set to debut at Computex in Taipei in just a few weeks.

Source: Windows Experience Blog