Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 With Bing SKU, Will Enable Low-cost Devices From OEMs

Microsoft today confirmed the availability of new Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU for OEMs. At BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to our hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size. This free Windows for OEMs will be the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Also with the Windows 8.1 Update, we are enabling our hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We also announced that

As we move forward, many of these lower cost devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing provides all the same great experiences that Windows 8.1 offers with the Windows 8.1 Update, and comes with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. And of course customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu, providing them with control over search engine settings. This new edition will be only be available preloaded on devices from our hardware partners. Some of these devices, in particular tablets, will also come with Office or a one-year subscription to Office 365.

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.

Source: Microsoft

  • NGM123

    The sleeping giant has finally woken, look out android/google, game on.

  • ThatGuy

    Is that not ChromeOS, the exact operating system that microsoft made fun of in the first place?

    • OtherGuy

      In what way is this like Chrome OS?

      • nohone

        He is just here to troll. That is the thing about trolls, they don’t actually know what they are talking about, they just need to make stuff up to get people to talk with him. Of course, if someone were to make a comparison between this version of Windows and ChromeOS, and it didn’t make ChromeOS sound like the greatest thing ever devised by man, he would be here screaming about how we were going off topic. But he mentions it first, and it is fine because he needs to try to advertise the abysmal failure known as ChromeOS.