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

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Carlidan

hmmm... if you're testing it.... you are using it. :)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Are you missing the point on purpose?

I have tested hundreds of malware products in the past year, including viruses, spyware, extortionware (CryptoLocker) and Windows but I do not "use" them to do any online banking

Right now I am "Using" XP-SP2 without ANY Updates and with full Admin rights online without any fear of malware

I would never "use" Windows 7 or 8 in the same manner because they cannot be locked down to prevent persistent threats like you can do with XP + Driveshield + free antivirus or a Linux LIVE CD

But again, I believe you fail to see the difference on purpose and although you cannot stop persistent threats in Spyware Platforms 7 & 8, you let everyone into your computer because Microsoft has hidden the threats from user view and control so you feel safe without really understanding those threats

Tell me, how many Windows components does Microsoft "Prevent" you from blocking with the Windows 8 firewall?

Do you even know?

How many threats are not even listed in that firewall?

Can the trial copy still be activated after you block everything you CAN block?

Does Microsoft still get updates for specific USB devices you own even after you remove said devices and wipe all traces of that device on a Windows 8 computer before you even connect to get your updates?

YES, it does!

What you do and identification of all hardware ever attached is recorded and cannot be wiped to the satisfaction of anyone who actually requires security

But you should know that

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legionera

Right now I am "Using" XP-SP2 without ANY Updates and with full Admin rights online without any fear of malware""

You are not visiting the right websites xD

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Bullwinkle J Moose

not visiting the right websites?

No, I visited all the right websites!

If you know of any website that can permanently ruin my XP install, you should provide a link and I will have it tested

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legionera

Go nuts! >>>> http://www.malwaredomainlist.com/mdl.php

Some conditions: you must use IE, No Firewall, No AV, No IE plugins, no protection software of any kind (including your favorite HDD lock). Just you and a clean XP + IE. You download all requested files that the websites tell you to download and check all that the install wizards ask (like search bars and what not). Would be interested in an Screenshot.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

No conditions!

If I were trying to eliminate system security, I could just use Windows Spyware Platform's 7 or 8

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legionera

In that case this "Right now I am "Using" XP-SP2 without ANY Updates and with full Admin rights online without any fear of malware" is not valid.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Define Valid

NSA approved?
SP3?
All Microsoft Critical Updates?
5 more spam posts before you get bored?

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Carlidan

Yes, I just like mocking you bullwinkle. :P

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theaceofspaids

Not only is windows 8/8.1 already useless for anyone who does anything productive, but I'd rather pay money than use bing.

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Mikey109105

I don't care if the come to my door and offer it for free to my face, I still won't touch it.

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Neufeldt2002

Here comes the ads, do, do, do, do, do, Here comes the ads, it's alright....

Sung to the tune of "Here comes the sun"

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Rebel_X

I would consider thinking about using Win 8.1, If and ONLY if Microsoft will pay me money instead of the stupid Bing rewards points.

Even with all that if it was true, I would probably say naah at the end.

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Shalbatana

umm... just to play the unexpected backlash card for a moment. won't that piss off those of us who bought a copy of windows 8 at full price?

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Coastie

Not sure what all the fuss is about with 8.1. I never have to deal with tiles or none of that crap unless its some random application I rarely ever use.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

LOL. They actually pay people to post these.

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legionera

Dammit Stacy! Doesn't money for bjs pay for confidentiality as well?

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Granite

I'd like to know exactly what this "with Bing" thing is all about, but sure...I have a Win7 laptop that could use Win8. I haven't put it on yet because I don't want to spend the money but hey...if it's free, why not? If nothing else, it'll give me a chance to really try out Bing without committing to it on my PC.

Win8 is good.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Yeah, retards need an OS, too. Windows 8 fits the bill.

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Eoraptor

I would assume it has Bing Desktop and Bing tiles all over, and requires a windows live microsoft whatever they call it this time around signin to force you to provide microsoft access to your data. probably turns your full featured windows 8 machine into just a scaled-up chomebook in some ways by forcing you to turn on al your microsoft shared features like office online and bing search

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Coastie

It probably just has Bing Desktop included, in which I'm sure you can't remove.

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zjwflippers1996

Just gonna give the mac fan boys something else to moan about.

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Neufeldt2002

I see the comments are going as expected. I must say though that this does have desperation written all over it, especially since they (MS) are trying to convince everyone it is doing well.

Saying this, I do have to question how much truth there is to this, but in all likely hood it is just that, a rumour.

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Renegade Knight

They are doing well. Profits are humming along. However they need to make the transition to mobile and in that, they aren't. Given the profits. Not desperate. Given the market share. Trying new things as they should.

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Random

Wow, if true it shows how bad the Win8 debacle really is.

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Engelsstaub

Yes. I'd take it for a reasonable price without Bing too.

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wolfing

Bing (the search engine) is actually quite good. I rand several tests comparing (blindly) the results from several searches using both engines, and Bing consistently gave me better results. I still use Google, but I don't bash Bing.

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btdog

Compared to the Google search page, I really enjoy Bing. The pictures are stunning and the new band of hot topics at the bottom gives me a quick glance at current news. If I want to learn more, I just click and see the search results.

When it comes to search results, however, I still prefer Google. Especially at work, the results from Google are much more in line with what I'm looking for than Bing.

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SirFrag

I specifically DON'T use Bing because of their slander against Google. It's just not professional and I won't support them because of it.

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Slugbait

As one of the characters from GoT said last season, it's not slander if it's true.

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xunknownx

its already free from your local torrent site but i still wont get it.

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wolfing

I might get it if it's free. With the free Classic Shell it really isn't any different than W7 and it does have some internal improvements. I would have to know what they mean by "with Bing" though, considering Bing is not software but a search engine.

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Eoraptor

Bing, like google, is so much more than a search engine, it's a way to tap you for data and keep you inside the micrsoft ecosystem.

as to not being so different, I have a number of older programs and hardware that work just fine under 7 that fail to do anything under 8. some are older games, but some are mission critical like my bluetooth dongle.

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SirFrag

I've only ran into that with 8.1. My wife's older dell laptop (Core2Duo era) had lots of driver issues on 8.1, but runs 8 just fine. I've got 8 on my 5 most used machines (work, home gaming rig, spare gaming rig, laptop, netbook), and it runs fine for everything I do.

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dbqfan

No Thanks - I will keep my Win7. I want nothing to do with Win8. I hate the Metro interface and I do not need a swipe screen on my PC or notebook. Keep Win8 for the tablets were it belongs and improve on Win7 for the real world.

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RICHARD RIDDICK

let me know when they are paying me.

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glpeter90

To answer your question. No, I would not be willing to try WIN 8.1 even for free. It may even be a better OS than WIN 7, but since I am not having any problems with WIN 7, why should deal with the problems or design changes that WIN 8.1 does have. I use a PC not a tablet, or a phone, so I don't need a tablet, or a phone OS.

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iheartpcs

I think the word you were looking for is "desperate" not "interesting".

Once again, MS does the worst thing possible. How is putting the 2 WORST pieces of software in the world together going to help them?

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MAIZE1951

Wow, Microsoft must be getting really desperate if they can't sell much of it, so now they are trying to give it away.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

What changes do you think they will have?

Pop-up advertising on my free desktop....24 hours a day?

and no way to stop it until you buy a retail copy?

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The Mac

someone would end up making a hack if they tried that.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

If they prevent you from deleting the "Ad-cache" even when you are offline, they could label the "hack" as malware and have you arrested if you ever go online with a "hacked" copy

It would probably be covered in the extortion agreement....oh wait, it's free!
Sorry, I meant Blackmail Agreement

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The Mac

lol

true, but im sure those industrious nefarious types would find a way around it.