Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has confirmed a new operating system called Windows 8.1 with Bing. The reason for the new SKU is to allow hardware partners to sell lower-cost Windows devices. The first partners with the new edition will be announced next month at the Computex event in Tapei.
Windows 8.1 with Bing is just like Windows 8.1, but it has Bing as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. Windows 8.1 with Bing can still change the option in IE?s search engine settings.
Windows 8.1 with Bing cannot be purchased. It will only be preloaded on devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners. Some of these devices will also ship 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,” said Microsoft.
OEMs want access to cheaper software. This is why many of them are building devices with the Android operating system.