Low-cost "Windows 8.1 with Bing" announced by Microsoft
Microsoft has made a number of efforts at reducing the cost of Windows 8.1, with a free version already available for Windows Phones and tablets that are less than 9". Those efforts don't seem to be stopping there though, and the company recently announced another addition that will help get Windows 8.1 and Bing to the masses.
In a post on the Windows Experience Blog, the company unveiled that a new version of Windows 8.1 will be available for manufacturers who don't meet the guidelines for existing deals and are looking for a discount. The new Windows 8.1 with Bing will be made available soon, and is the same as any other Windows 8.1 though Bing must be the default search engine in Internet Explorer.
The OS will be sold directly to manufacturers and the only stipulation is that Bing cannot be changed prior to selling the device, though users are free to do whatever they like afterwards. In addition, Winsupersite is reporting that only devices retailing for less than $250 will be eligible, and this could very well be the same discount we reported on way back in February.