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

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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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  • 5Lk9m2Q7NR

    well, if user can change the setting this is just a way for MS to bypass anti-trust law? I am just guessing because I know little about law. Also want to see if this SKU is available for all OEMs or if there is term restricting device price on which it is installed?

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Great, Scroogle is already the default search engine on Android, and O.E.M.’s don’t have a choice, I don’t see why they should have a monopoly on having monopolies, you go Microsoft. :-D

  • Dave schlong

    Great, so Windows Phone is just a trojan for Microsoft services ? The same thing MS and Nokia complained to the EU about………..stay classy MS

    • screwgoogle

      The OS is probably only for tablets costing under $250. Right now, MS has zero percent of that market because there are no Windows 8 products that has that retail price. So, there should be no regulatory issues.
      MS is already more classy than Scroogle. MS puts out apps for Scroogle OS. In turn, Scroogle pretty much makes life miserable if you are a Windows Phone user and want to use their services. Funny thing is Scroogle has conned people into thinking that MS is the one making things difficult. Do-No-Evil my ass.

  • donzebe

    Google is the default search on THIS why shouldn’t Bing by the default search on THAT ?

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  • jimski27

    I don’t recall ever visiting a site to download something with a checked box that says, let us install Bing and let IE become your default browser. On the other hand I see Google/Chrome checked boxes every day.
    So the casual users who buy these machines will get Scroogled eventually, even if they don’t want to.

    • NGM123

      Unless its RT then it has to go through MS store certification.

  • Rod Iron

    Just as it should be. Why should they change it? It’s MS phone so it should have MS search engine.