Microsoft experiments with a free version of Windows 8.1

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Early versions of this Windows 8.1 bundle were reportedly already leaked online but a first analysis doesn't reveal many differences from the standard version of Windows 8.1. Microsoft will reportedly offer Windows 8.1 with Bing for free or as a low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 licensed users as part of its experimental project.

Microsoft began its experimental project aimed to boost the number of people using Windows 8.1 earlier this week (link to news on Round News here).  This is why market analysts believe that the company might even be considering Windows 8.1 bundled with Bing-powered applications for free to PC makers. Both for Microsoft and consumers it will be a win-win situation. Windows 8.1 users will be pushed various cloud services and apps that will help Microsoft earn money. Some speculators even say it's possible Microsoft will eventually consider free or at least low-cost versions for its Windows Phone operating system. If this is true than we could have slightly cheaper Windows Phones in the near future.

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