Will Microsoft release a free version of Windows 8 at the Build conference?

Drsunil V March 4, 2014
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What are the chances of Microsoft releasing free version of Windows 8 at forthcoming Build conference?

What would be limitations of free version?

  1. Oron J
    March 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Microsoft have been considering for some time releasing a version called "Windows 8.1 with Bing" which will be either free or low cost, and will include Bing and some other Microsoft apps & services which will help them generate income. What isn't clear is whether this is the same system they've already announced as the cheap OEM licence for low cost PCs, or a separate, free product.

    • Drsunil V
      March 7, 2014 at 4:43 am

      Thanks. The strategy could be first low cost win 8.1 pcs and those who are not buying new pcs could upgrade either free bundled version from April 8 ( esp xp users ) and slight reduction of win 8.1 simultaneously at build conf. Please tell whats on your mind in this topic

    • Oron J
      March 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      It may well be that this is Microsoft's hope, but I don't think things will pan out like that. The vast majority of Windows XP users will not upgrade their computers to Windows 8.* just because the licence is cheap/free. Over the last five years they have chosen not to upgrade to Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. It's not simply the cost of the software that has put them off, but also factors such as liking XP, disliking change, disliking the cost of change (upgrading to XP will require migrating data and settings, possibly upgrading other software suites and retraining in the new system. Finally, in most cases their hardware's not really up to it; most XP computers are over 5 years old and will often have a single-core CPU and less than 2GB RAM.
      Microsoft do not like selling their retail software cheap either. Their retail software usually costs several times the OEM price. Selling software as retail requires offering end user support, which is expensive (OEM licences come with support to the OEMs only, who require a lot less support). My guess is that the "with Bing" is an experiment. If it happens, and if it is very successful, they will learn lessons from it and may expand it into other fields (I don't think a free retail version is on the cards at all, but a low-cost upgrade options for Vista/7 users might be). If it is less successful, they may keep it at the same level, of even scrap it.

    • Drsunil V
      March 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks. Please cross-verify and mention with approprate web-reference whether price cut-down to OEMs is for Win 8.1 with Bing bundled , as I read that the OEMs cut-down is for bundled Bing version

  2. dragonmouth
    March 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    When has Microsoft ever given anything away for free?! Even when they do give away free stuff, you wind up paying for it later, one way or another.