Screenshot from Windows 8.1 with Bing allegedly leaked

A few weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed earlier rumors that it will offer a new version of Windows 8.1 to OEMs that will have its Bing search engine set up as the default choice. Now a screenshot that allegedly shows the OS in action has been posted on CentrumWindows forums.

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The screenshot itself is not much to look at but it does show it is running the Windows 8.1 with Bing build. The first devices that will be seen using the OS will likely be shown off during Computex, the large PC and electronic product trade show in Taiwan that begins next week.

As Microsoft has previously announced, Windows 8.1 with Bing is being offered to OEMs to install inside devices with screens that are nine inches or less in size. They are also being offered at a lower cost compared to the regular version of Windows 8.1, although Microsoft has not specified the amount of the reduced price. Users won't notice any difference in Windows 8.1 with Bing compared to the regular SKU and they will be free to change the default search engine to something else if they wish.

Thanks to Lukas for the tip!

Source: CentrumWindows | Image via CentrumWindows

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Just a reminder that it's not free to CONSUMERS... it's free to OEMs to build more affordable devices.

/slow news day

nah, I think they're they same, othrwise one of hem would be redundant since they're both free and both for the same devices so why would the oem get the withbing version of they can get the regular version for free...

Oh well Bing or no Bing, as long as they give it free it is fine but don't like them forcing users to hand over their private data.

Tell Google that - how much private data does Android collect by default?. (I'm referring to the default settings of any version of Android - including Android x86.)

Auditor said,
Oh well Bing or no Bing, as long as they give it free it is fine but don't like them forcing users to hand over their private data.

You havent really seen MS' privacy settings, have you?

elenarie said,

You havent really seen MS' privacy settings, have you?

The last time I remember is MS snooping in to users email without warrant. I am sure there are so many other things which are still unexplored yet.

Auditor said,

The last time I remember is MS snooping in to users email without warrant. I am sure there are so many other things which are still unexplored yet.

Which was for an internal criminal investigation, and was performed under legal supervision.

Dot Matrix said,

Which was for an internal criminal investigation, and was performed under legal supervision.

There is nothing internal when you are reading users email. If it was that legal then why did MS changed their policies then. They should have asked for warrant to begin with rather than simply illegally accessing someone's content stored on their server. This is one of the reason I don't trust any kind of cloud storage.

Auditor said,

There is nothing internal when you are reading users email. If it was that legal then why did MS changed their policies then. They should have asked for warrant to begin with rather than simply illegally accessing someone's content stored on their server. This is one of the reason I don't trust any kind of cloud storage.

It wasn't illegal.

Dot Matrix said,

It wasn't illegal.

Might not be illegal but it violates consumer privacy and MS knew it that's why they were giving explanations.

macoman said,
I doubt that the final version will look like that picture, so clean with not ads. If is true that will be free.


Why, it's just regular windows 8.1 with bing set as default for 9inch and smaller devices.

HawkMan said,


Why, it's just regular windows 8.1 with bing set as default for 9inch and smaller devices.


Well, because its free... Unless Microsoft is going to do it with not advertising on it.

It's to compete with ios on pads and android for cheap low screen size devices.

It's only supposed to have Bing set as a default, but changeable, search provider.

And at least one ISO of the SKU itself is out in the wild - other than that setting, it is no different from any other Windows 8.1 SKU.

1. Of COURSE it could join a domain - again, any 8.1 SKU can. (The only Windows 7 SKU blocked from joining a domain is Windows 7 Starter - Windows 7 Home can join domains.)

2. The *practical* reason for domain-blocking went away - Windows Home Server was replaced with Windows Server 2012.

PGHammer said,
And at least one ISO of the SKU itself is out in the wild - other than that setting, it is no different from any other Windows 8.1 SKU.

1. Of COURSE it could join a domain - again, any 8.1 SKU can. (The only Windows 7 SKU blocked from joining a domain is Windows 7 Starter - Windows 7 Home can join domains.)

2. The *practical* reason for domain-blocking went away - Windows Home Server was replaced with Windows Server 2012.

I could have sworn you needed Pro to join an AD, even in Windows 8

HawkMan said,


Why, it's just regular windows 8.1 with bing set as default for 9inch and smaller devices.


That's a different one. This one isn't free. That one is.

macoman said,

Well, because its free... Unless Microsoft is going to do it with not advertising on it.

It's only free on device 9 inches and smaller. It's discounted on larger devices.

No ads. This is closer to Microsoft Signature.