Update: Windows with Bing laptops and tablets are available now.
According to the latest leaks, Microsoft will release a new edition of the company’s operating system for laptops, tablets, and other PCs, the Windows 8.1 with Bing. It’s aimed at low-cost PCs.
Although the regular Windows releases by default have Bing as the default search engine in the included Internet Explorer browser, computer manufacturers have freedom to put other search engines instead of Bing on machines they make and sell. As opposed to that, Windows 8.1 with Bing doesn’t provide such option, so OEMs will have to ship PCs with Bing set as the default. Judging from the leaked documents, this setup still allows users to change their prefered search engine manually.
The Windows 8.1 with Bing will help promotion of Microsoft’s Bing search engine and thier other services such as OneDrive cloud storage. In return, Bing edition of Windows will be cheaper, allowing lower overall prices of devices with it when compared to those with regular Windows editions.
Overall, users will be able to get Windows computers with lower prices than today’s, while still having ability to set Google search within Explorer with a minimal effort or chose any other web browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox.
On the negative side, the documents (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit ADK for Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 Update” dismiss rumors that Windows 8 with Bing will be a free-of-charge OS.
Judging from the leak, the new edition will become available at the same time at the long awaited update of Windows 8.1, on April 8th for the public.