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Until Microsoft makes a formal announcement, we're still filing the possible release of Windows 8.1 with Bing under "R" for "Rumor," though it's looking more and more likely it's a real product. Following up on various sources claiming last week that Microsoft might offer a free version of Windows 8.1 bundled with Bing, new documentation leaked to the web offers some insight on what to expect from the upcoming OS.
Based on what's contained in the documentation, as posted on Bav0.com, Windows 8.1 with Bing will indeed be targeted at low-cost devices. As expected, the default search engine is Bing, and while end users will be able to change this, OEMs will not.
"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," Microsoft explains.
The documentation also states that Windows 8.1 with Bing is based on the feature set available in Windows 8.1 Core with all of the latest updates.