About Windows 8.1 Freeware
Recent decision by Microsoft has been to start providing the Windows 8.1 OS as a freeware for small computer devices with screen size less than 9 inches. It has nothing to do with Windows 8.1 for desktop and laptop computers. We all know that Microsoft is not going to make their OS free for everyone. But, tech experts did indicate that we’d see some reduction in the Windows 8.1 price after this announcement.
Microsoft to launch a cheaper version of Windows 8.1
The Windows 8.1 OS is available as a free OS upgrade only to Windows 8 users. Windows XP and Windows 7 users, who skipped the Windows 8 upgrade, will have to pay 120 or 200 dollars for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro OS version, respectively. Microsoft has not yet announced any change in these prices.
You will notice the price tag was the same for the Standard and Pro OS versions of the Windows 8 upgrade, when it was launched in October 2012. As far as Microsoft is concerned, they are not facing any major competition in desktop and laptop OS markets. So, they will leave these prices unchanged for the time being.
But in the smartphone and OS area, they are facing stiff competition from Android and iOS. This has forced them to launch the Windows 8.1 OS as a freeware for these smaller computer devices. Also, according to reports, Microsoft is working on yet another OS version called “Windows 8.1 with Bing”, which will be available with a lower price tag.
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Microsoft’s plan, it seems, is to release multiple Windows 8.1 versions including freeware and paid editions, which will come with different options and features. This will help them compete effectively with the Google and Apple operating systems, as well as other freeware OS in the market.
Microsoft realises that most desktop PC users are actually corporate houses and organisations, who will need a full version OS with all the enterprise features and functions. They will try to sell the full version Windows 8.1 OS to these users at market price. But, expecting tablet OS users to shell out 120 dollars, when they get an OS like Android instead for free was not going to work. So, it was inevitable that they’d release a freeware Windows 8.1 version.
For more information about all these different Windows 8.1 OS versions, visit the official Microsoft website online.
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