Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd May 2014 18:31 UTC

As we move forward, many of these lower cost devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing provides all the same great experiences that Windows 8.1 offers with the Windows 8.1 Update, and comes with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. And of course customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu, providing them with control over search engine settings. This new edition will be only be available preloaded on devices from our hardware partners. Some of these devices, in particular tablets, will also come with Office or a one-year subscription to Office 365.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is exactly the same as every other Windows 8.1 SKU - except for the fact that OEMs cannot change the default search engine - users still can, though. The price for OEMs will be lower, which makes me wonder why on earth OEMs would go for the other SKUs.

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Price tag
by pgeorgi on Sat 24th May 2014 09:23 UTC
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So essentially there's now a price tag on "default search engine" deals: Google, and others must offer at least the difference as kickback to OEMs, and then some to warrant the extra effort.

I wonder if they'll extend that system so not installing demo versions (antivirus 90 days trials) is cheaper, raising the kickbacks those software vendors have to offer to OEMs for that preferential treatment.

Question is, where's the limit - how about "$x cheaper if you don't preinstall Open/LibreOffice"?

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