Rumor: Microsoft May Offer Free Version of Windows 8.1 Bundled with Bing

93

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

neo1piv14

If they were offering the upgrade to 8.1 for less than $50, I might bite. The problem they have is that Windows 8 isn't any better than Windows 7; it's just different. Different is cool and all, but I'm not going to pay a bunch of money just to try out a new start screen. At the end of the day, I haven't seen any reliable reports that the desktop portion of 8.1 operates faster/better than Windows 7, so there's just not any real incentive to upgrade without the cost being super low.

avatar

Eoraptor

Reliable reports? most reports easily backup that the core OS boots faster, runs on less memory, sleeps and hibernates faster and with fewer random crashes, and more readily releases memory when applications close. Its also better optimized to run on SSDs and has better inbuilt system restore and recovery options, plus the revamped task manager.

if it weren't for the dumbed down schizophrenic interface it would be a world beater.

avatar

D00dlavy

"M$ should offer free Windows 7, this would make it obvious even to dumbest Win8 apologists what a gigantic pile of bovine manure Win8 really is."

I'm not really adding anything to the conversation, but do you people even read the posts you make?

Love MaximumPC. However, the comments here make me shake my head.

avatar

Granite

LOL!!

Between the guys who want Win8 for free...and those like you who want Win7 for free...HaHaHa!!...All I can say is, you guys don't want much, do you?

And, you're right...you didn't add anything to the conversation.

avatar

Asterixx

How about those who don't bother reading the posts before posting something themselves? The quotes around the first part of his post should have made it clear that he was quoting another post further down the page, but apparently they didn't. However, reading the rest of the posts (as I did before posting this) would have cleared that right up...

avatar

D00dlavy

He didn't even read the post (a friendly reply to his, below) where I went into further detail...

He's a smart guy, this one.

avatar

Xenite

They still fail to see WHY people are not upgrading. It's not about the cost, it's about Windows 8 sucking.

I wouldn't install that POS if it was 100% free.

And yes, I've actually tried it, it's fucking terrible.

avatar

legionera

Hhohohohohoohhold the fuck up! You lost here. You may not get it installed on yours many people will line up for cheaper devices they could actually use. It is the price vs quality ratio that stops people from buying things. This has both price low and a good quality more or less. Compare a $400 i5 laptop with a full OS (for fucking air) to a 2k Macbook. The magic is in the zeros.

avatar

wumpus

Win8 user here, have to agree with Xenite. I knew that eventually, my XP partition wouldn't be able to play current games (the only thing windows is remotely good at) and I was already losing DX10 & DX11. Note that it claims that I get 8.1 free: clicking on install 8.1 does nothing but fail (no error messages, this is microsoft remember).

I can't explain how happy I am to have my entire screen taken over to display two whole icons (no kidding, usually it shows about 10, but the store can take up half a 28" display with a single item). The whole thing crashes every couple of days and can only justify itself over XP by preventing DX10 and DX11 from being used on it (security? Why would you touch windows for *anything* that requires security). Remember, MetroUI shows just how important the desktop is to Microsoft. Now throw away your desktop and get a tablet people. Microsoft has spoken!

I suspect a $400 laptop does have advantages over a $175 chromebook (even if you wipe the drive and install full linux on it), but don't try to go any cheaper or you will be wiping it and running Linux soon. Also note that <$500 won't get more than 4G at microcenter, so be sure to check for expansion (typically such computers don't have free slots) or don't expect to upgrade memory.

avatar

hornfire3

"Windows 8.1 with Bing" for free? nope sorry. I am still willing to get Windows 8.1 u1 for free (regardless of metro) but I dont want the Bing pop-up ad appear 24/7 on my desktop.

avatar

chrome_slinky

but I'd not surrender the Windows 7 licenses I have. Same for the Vista licenses. But XP, most likely.

avatar

Rebel_X

I don't care about windows 8 or 8.1, I got a free legit copies of Windows 7 pro + ultimate + Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate + Visual Studio 2013 pro from my school associated with Microsoft's DreamSpark website.

All I needed is a valid email address with '.EDU' as the domain :)

avatar

Omegasupreme80

I'd have to think about it.

OK, thought about it, I say no. By all accounts Win8 is crap, I'll wait for the next one.

avatar

bjoswald

Nope. I bought Windows 8.1 to give it a fair chance, but I still went back to Windows 7.

avatar

AEM

I would rather buy Windows XP and downgrade from Win7 than get a free, stripped down version of Win8.1.

avatar

maxeeemum

I guess M$ is more desperate than I thought. But desperate times call for desperate measures. This is just a rumor. I really doubt M$ is capable of giving away an operating system. They are just too greedy!

If so what's next? Maybe continuing support for XP for another year? Starting to look like anything is possible!

But if the freebie is downgrading Windows 7 only to a free Windows 8 w/Bing Starter Edition than it is already DOA. Sort of like the the original Win8.

avatar

legionera

Said the troll without any PC experience

avatar

maxeeemum

@legionera ... That's pretty funny! Troll just means you don't agree with me. Then this is coming from a guy that posts stuff that makes no sense (probably drunk) like giving BJs and taking it up the ass. You already made 5 posts to this story at this time. So who's the troll Bobby Brown?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wTNTlWk3B8

avatar

legionera

I don't know what Bobby Brown means, nor I care.

What I don't understand is how you talk about 8.1 if you refuse to install it on your machines? Where does that opinion come from if you haven't touched 8.1? Perhaps even windows/pc at all considering your constant hate towards MS.

avatar

maxeeemum

I am replying to you on a PC with Windows 8.1 Preview (free). You don't know what you're talking about as usual. I refuse to pay for or use Win8 on my main PC and I have several PCs. ... Check the link previously provided.

avatar

Carlidan

So you don't want to pay for it but willing to use it. Gotcha.

avatar

maxeeemum

Test it to see if it's any good! It's a downgrade compared to Windows 7! The more I use it the more flaws I find. A huge failure from M$! Got it!

avatar

legionera

Does that mean you don't get any updates?

avatar

Arnulf

Free "Windows 8.1 with Bing" is like getting punched in the face for free. Thanks, but I'll pass.

M$ should offer free Windows 7, this would make it obvious even to dumbest Win8 apologists what a gigantic pile of bovine manure Win8 really is.

avatar

Ghost XFX

Pffbt!

Just give me W9 with access to my desktop, sans Metro. How freaking hard can it be to do something so simple?

W8 is hence forth dead to so many people. I've pretty much considered this OS a cadaver to be burned on a grill.

And lets make something clear here. I don't want to aee W9 turn out to be some re-fried beans version of Windows 8. Meaning, don't rebrand Windows 8.2. 8.3, 8.4 etc... as W9 with a splash of color. It needs some things to distinguish it from W8 that won't make the user puke blood and guts.

And for freaking crying out loud, be more supportive of games!!

avatar

Granite

You don't have to wait for Win9. You can set Win8.1 to boot to the desktop and you'll never see the Start Screen unless you want to.

avatar

D00dlavy

Good post here, Granite.

My primary partition is still Windows 7. But, I develop Android and WPF apps on Windows 8.1.

Does Windows 8.1 blow me away? No. Do I need it over Windows 7? Not at all.

Is it fast? Yes. Stable? Yes. Boot quickly? Very yes. Take a smaller footprint on my SSD drive? Yup!

It's not perfect, but with StartIsBack, it's quite digestible. Anyone who rages otherwise needs to take his meds or grow an objective brain.

avatar

maxeeemum

@Granite ... Give it a rest will ya!

avatar

Granite

Why?

Do you think I should not try to help people when I am able to do so?

Why don't you want people to receive help? Are you afraid they might decide that Win8 really isn't as bad as Win8ers are saying?

avatar

NavarWynn

Holy crap, the fact that there EXISTS a word identifying people who hate win8 should be clue enough...

I've used it a few times, and wanted to shoot myself in the face every time. Once I got close... luckily a buddy was there and was like "It doesn't work that way" I responded with "No, it doesn't *work* at all! I've got *work* to do!"

Of course as it turns out even MS has acknowledged that they didn't design it for people who actually use computers to do work, they just designed it for the sheep. Not that this wasn't intuitively obvious to the casual observer.

avatar

legionera

I highly doubt that you'd had the same experience if you weren't influenced by the biased and corrupted media. You would sit and learn to use it after the short tutorial that the big corporation did for stiff people who stay with their baby clothes and are afraid to leave their comfort zone like you.

avatar

DamienBlack500

I must say that Windows 8/8.1 is not all that bad. I have it loaded on a virtual computer and have repaired my fair share of Windows 8/8.1 computers. From the end user standpoint there's a drastic learning curve to using 8/8.1, but there are also YouTube videos showing the basics. I hate the Metro/Start screen, but with Classic Shell or Classic Start you can choose to bypass that screen and boot to the desktop. For the most part, the OS is what you make of it. You can customize it to be more like Windows 7. The main thing it should have in my opinion is an actual Start Menu. I like that they have added a Pause feature to the file copy process. The data transfer graph is neat, but not really necessary in most cases. I lucked out and was able to get my hands on a legitimately pirated copy of Win 8 Pro with Media Center. ExtremeTech had an article posted last year where all you needed was an email address and a Captcha verification and Microsoft would literally email you a licence key. Hence my VM (because I would never replace my Win 7 computers with 8).

Trying to boot to anything other than the OS, however, is a pain. You have to edit the BIOS/UEFI settings in order to do that, but first you must boot to Windows and then select a special restart by holding the Shift key and restarting the computer. Huge pain to do every time you need to set a computer to boot to another device, and for computers that won't boot to windows, you're SOL (shit outta luck). What was wrong with function keys, tab, escape, or delete? Why did they change that? Completely a step backwards in my opinion. Maybe even a leap... or two.

Hopefully they will make some drastic improvements on the next OS which they should focus on instead of pushing 8/8.1 as much as they are.

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I remember a bullet point for the OS before release being that computers would be hard-wired to operate with 8 exclusively. I don't remember if the plan was to add a chip or special CMOS routines or what, but I specifically remember Microsoft wanting vendors to produce PCs that would not operate without 8.

Perhaps that caved in and what we got instead was a scrambling of traditional functionality in an effort to keep all but the most determined users chained to 8.

Even if my memory is wrong, everything you've said undermines the viral marketing trolls.

avatar

Carlidan

I'm the opposite, kinda of like win8 features, but won't upgrade my main computer rig from win7 to win8 till I do a fresh install. Have programs and games setup the way i want to. But my other computers had no problem installing win8. Even visualize a win8 on my main rig.

avatar

khha4113

You can dualboot both of them when you upgrade your Win7. I did by installing another hard drive and making a fresh install Win 8 on it.

avatar

Carlidan

Guess I will do that when I install another HD in my rig.

avatar

maverick knight

Sounds like a stripped down version of Windows like every one is guessing. With Bing? Maybe is an RT like windows with Bing as a browser (a la Chromebook). If I was Microsoft and I released this "Windows 8.1 with Bing" it would defeat the puirpose of the title if I could install whatever other web browser or search engine other than Bing.

avatar

AFDozerman

So, how long until we get the source code?

You know, I really do wish we could get our hands on the source. I know it's never gonna happen, but a full-fledged leak of the Windows source code would turn the software world upside down in a good kind of way. Even Windows itself would be improved considerably. Imagine all of the security holes that would be plugged in the months following a full world-wide code audit. Aside from that, WINE would get a lot better and ReactOS might get resurrected from its vegetative state. I have no clue what I'm trying to get at here. Just food for thought, I guess.

avatar

JosephColt

That's just silly, Microsoft is a profit making business, why would they release the source code? - They should not.

avatar

Carlidan

Windows will never going to give out their source code. And why would they?

avatar

Exarkun1138

I gave 8 a spin for about 3 months, and even with 8.1, a "Classic Shell", etc., I have absolutely NO desire to go back to it. I put good ole trusty and AWESOME Windows 7 back onto all of my computers/laptop and have been plenty happy since! Windows 7 is the last, best Desktop OS Microsoft will ever make, and I doubt 9 will improve on 8 or even 7. Windows 7 will go down as the last success for Microsoft before they end up closing their OS doors!

avatar

JosephColt

Why would you go back? Install Windows 8 + Start8 + set some extensions to not open in metro by default, and almost exactly like Windows 7.

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

"Almost exactly like Windows 7."

Except that it's not. And you can still buy 7. So why buy 8?

avatar

JosephColt

Because on a technical level it's improved.

Like I said, with Start8 it will look exactly like 7 almost. I have not seen or touched metro since Windows 8 released nor have I had a single crash, performance issue, or compatibility issue. It's a great operating system. If you have 7 already though there isn't really a real reason to go to 8 though, only for a new PC. The metro interface is really the only reason to not like 8.

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Not even if they paid me. It's a matter of principle at this point.

It is important that the negative energy behind Microsoft's arrogant patronizing and constant insulting of its customers be turned around and directed full-force back at the company. At this point, Microsoft simply needs to reap the ill will they've sown. If their losses are painful enough, perhaps they'll develop a greater respect for their customers.

Smart thing would be to abandon Windows 8 and endeavor to make Windows 9 kick ass on the desktop without cramming Metro, cloud computing, Windows Live, Bing, or any other desperate marketing bullshit down anyone's throat.

Until then, and for all the asshat apologists and viral revisionists polluting every article about the Windows 8 abomination, fuck Microsoft and fuck Windows 8 straight to Hell.

If, instead, Windows 9 is just more of the same, I can get a Steam box and Chromebook, or just keep using XP and 7. No worries.

avatar

vrmlbasic

Chromebook? At least spring for an Android device.

avatar

sirnotapearing

watch it will be a starter edition like most netbooks got. stripped to bare essential and can barely use the system you put it on, along with an add bar on top that doesn't go away. most of the people I know that got a netbook were taking the starter of windows 7 off and putting xp pro on so they could use it for work. the only thing this might get traction on is if you can load it on a chrome book. but then straight linux would be better. no adds

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

Paul and Brittany both have Max PC articles about how the Windows 8.1 Trial expires in January

I just installed again today and it was activated for another 90 days

Is this the free version or what?

Update works and so does everything else

Zing....Ding....Badda BING!

avatar

Carlidan

You're kinda of funny bullwinkle... You hate win 8.1 because you think it's malware and/or spyware yet you are using it. :) I guess I shouldn't complain.

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

"Use" it and "test" it are two very different things

I will continue to test the promises made by Redmond looking for a glimmer of truth in the pile of shit and lies

I was merely pointing out that the "expired" trial copy is not expired, and functions, not as Windows functions, nor as advertised, but as it was originally delivered

I would never "use" Windows 8 to search for Hampster porn or to keep Nuclear secrets safe due to the non closeable backdoors that "can" be found if anyone would care to look

You CANNOT secure Windows 7 or 8 for the end user as they were not designed for the end user

This is a fact!