Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/195934/what-exactly-is-windows-8.1-with-bing-do-i-have-to-use-bing/
Some laptops and tablets now ship with Microsoft’s “Windows 8.1 with Bing” operating system, something you may see mentioned in their technical specifications. But how is this different from Windows 8.1 — is using Bing mandatory?
I find it so odd that MS created this edition, yet pushed Bing into every install of 8 via the OS search. Not only is it on by default, you have no ability to change search providers for it.
Guess they are fine with trying stuff like this again now that the DOJ handcuffs are off.
Another genius MS idea. Run a cut down version of a unpopular OS on terrible hardware that can hardly run it.
A double bad experience for the user and one as a grass roots support guy that pushes MS gear, will get in the back of the neck over the next couple of years till they get dumped.
"Can you rebuild my six month old and really slow $200 laptop?" Nope ain't worth the time and money and it's slow cos it's slow!
Competing with cheap crap buy pushing out more cheap crap is not going to help.
MS needs to abandon the sub $£400 (whatever) market. Leave that to tablets and Chromebooks and instead bring out their own Nexus type line of laptops at certain price points to set the benchmark for the lazy OEMs like Toshiba/Acer etc.
Crappy netbooks all over again. Great!
Windows 8/8.1 is the greatest thing that ever happened for the increase of Apple computer sales.
Just remember - it is still Windows Ape - with the cute little useless icons and the unusable desktop.
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