‘Windows 8.1 With Bing’ Build Leaks, Another New SKU From Microsoft?

Windows 8.1 with Bing

In the past few weeks, we saw no.of Windows 8.1 Update 1 builds leaked on the web. Today, a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build got leaked which seems to be a new SKU from Microsoft. This Windows 8.1 build: 9600.17024.winblue_gdr_s14sku_partner.140214-1700 is named Windows 8.1 with Bing. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has started integrating Bing directly into the OS which might raise anti-trust issues in EU. My guess is that this new SKU is targeted towards EU where Microsoft might be selling Windows 8.1 with Bing instead of just Windows 8.1 branding. Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed this new offering, we will have to wait and see to know more about it.




Source: WZor via: Neowin

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I hope that Bing will remain as a pre-installed component of Windows P.C.’s. :-)

  • Asgard

    Anti-trust issues are not possible anymore because Google has monopoly on search, especially in EU.

    • free2

      Having a monopoly is not illegal and is not even frowned upon. Abusing a monopoly position is. Making IE non optional in windows was found to be such abuse according to the EU. After successfully arguing that it could non be removed the EU compromised with the browser option dialog. Integrating Bing into windows which has a monopoly position is a similar abuse. This may be a version of windows without bing to avoid a similar ruling.

      However if this is Microsoft’s strategy its proof that they are unable to compete with Google search.

  • Minstral

    Bing is rubbish outside US so Google will rule. I hope the branding with Bing doesn’t happen as I’d want to remove it because I wouldn’t use it – unless it is a genuine version of the product

    • reKitab

      You have a point there, but Bing is not rubbish outside US. Make this Bing link your startpage, if you’re living outside the US, and you’re good2go, as I’m doing.

    • GogoGodzilla

      Bing being rubbish in the EU is even more reason to push harder there. I would guess MS had a rough time getting as much data, so the more data it collects (non-personal), the better results can be. Chicken/Egg issue here.

  • heyitwrx

    Maybe this is kind of like what Amazon is doing with the Kindles with Ads? Windows with Bing as a cheaper version with Bing locked in as the default search so MS can get those ad revenues to subsidize the cheaper price. If it is an optional version and they still sell the normal one I don’t see how they can claim anti-trust. Not saying that building in ads to an OS is a good thing by any means, but it might be an interesting way to increase Windows 8 market share and keep prices down vs Chromebooks.