Documents Reveal Details On Windows 8.1 With Bing SKU, OEMs Are Not Allowed To Change Default Search Engine

Windows 8.1 with Bing

Last month we reported about a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that got leaked which seemed to be a new SKU from Microsoft. The leaked build was named Windows 8.1 with Bing. There were reports that Windows 8.1 with Bing is Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization of low-cost devices with low licensing costs. Windows 8.1 ADK got leaked today and it provides us the information about the new Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing is targeted towards low-cost devices in which OEMs won’t be able to change the default search engine. However, users can manually change it if they want. This is a clever way to prevent Google from striking search deals with Windows OEMs.

Windows 8.1 with Bing

Windows 8.1 with Bing is a new Windows edition that helps OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive. Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to other editions of Windows and should be imaged, updated, and deployed the same as any other Windows edition.

Windows 8.1 with Bing helps OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive.

This edition of Windows sets Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. Users will be able to manually change default search settings and install additional browsers of their choice.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is based on the feature set available in Windows 8.1 Core and incudes all of the latest updates, including Windows 8.1 Update. Windows 8.1 with Bing is available for 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

What’s new for OEMs?

Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to other editions of Windows and should be imaged, updated, and deployed the same as any other Windows edition. However, OEMs will not be able to change the default search engine with the SearchScopes unattend setting, Registry key, or 3rd party installation tools. When a user starts Internet Explorer, Bing is automatically set to the default Search Engine and will override any OEM-configured search provider. No other Internet Explorer defaults are changed.

Source: bavo

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