The word is that Microsoft is “experimenting” with a “new” version of Windows 8.1; new because it is supposed to be free. Obviously, if this is true, and Microsoft actually comes out with a free version of Windows 8.1, the chances are that the adoption rate of the operating system will go up considerably.
The Verge reported that they have sources who share that Microsoft is looking at a product called “Windows 8.1 with Bing”. This is supposed to be the free version of Windows 8.1, and it will come with essential apps and services – all Microsoft, of course. The same report states that a leaked version does not show significant differences from the current version of the OS, but of course, it’s a leaked version and it’s probably not even halfway to completion.
As enticing as the news of a free version of Windows 8.1 is, the report also highlights the fact that nothing is written in stone. One, they are supposed to be experimenting with this version. Two, it may or may not be free.
If Windows 8.1 turns out to be free, then all is great for Windows users. However, there is the other option that it will just be sold at a lower cost, perhaps in conjunction with the decision to slash Windows 8.1 prices by 70 percent, at least for devices which are cheaper than $250.
An important detail here is that IF Windows 8.1 is offered for free, the option will be applicable to users who are already using Windows 7 and want to upgrade to the newer operating system.
Another point worth repeating – and I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record here – is that news about “lower prices” and “free versions” really do work to support the talk that Windows 8.1 is not selling as well as it should, and all the flack it has been receiving.