'Windows 8.1 update 1 with Bing' build leaks, raises questions

A new build of Windows 8.1 update has leaked but unlike the previous leaks, the phrase ‘with Bing’ is included with the build that is a deviation from past releases. The leak comes from a partner build of Connected Core that has been leaked in both x86 and x64 flavors; the build number for this leak is 17024 whereas the last Windows 8.1 update leak had a build number of 17025.

The interesting thing about this leak is the ‘with Bing’ attribute as this has not been seen in previous leaks of the update 1 for Windows 8.1.

It’s not surprise that Windows 8 (in all variants) ships with Bing built in as the apps and search are now part of the OOBE. But this build specifically calls out Bing in the terms and service agreements as well as within the watermark in the bottom right corner.

The partner build aspects points to the fact that this build is intended for partners and may not be released as a general public build. What could this mean? Well, Microsoft could have another install of Windows 8.1 that does not have Bing as built in as deeply as the vanilla flavor of Windows 8.1 Update 1. While this could seem odd, it could reflect the EU's love affair with taxing Microsoft for baking in its own services deeply into the OS.

Of course, it would seem more likely, if the above were true, that the build would be called ‘with Internet Explorer’ as that’s where Microsoft got dinged last time around, but for now, it’s only a simplified observation and not a statement of fact.

Windows 8.1 update 1 is expected to arrive in April and will be distributed via Windows update, rather than through the Windows Store. Many expect that Microsoft will announce Windows 8.1 update 1 at its BUILD conference that takes place the first week of April.

The distribution through Windows update seems to make a bit more sense than the Windows Store as there are not any major features being introduced only minor tweaks across the board. Unlike the 8.1 update that brought back the Start button, to the layman user, they may not notice many of the new features at first as most of them are quite subtle.

With about 5 weeks until the conference kicks off, we don't have to wait too much longer to learn more about the update for Windows 8.1.

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So, OEMs can partner with Bing Search - as they do with Yahoo or Google today, maybe? Think - this is a PARTNER-targeted build; it's not intended even for general OEM use. OEM deals with search providers other than Bing is certainly legal - such as Samsung's deal with Google even their Windows 8.x hardware; however, suddenly it's Bing and the knives come out?

How hypocritical.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
So if it's "with bing", are they gonna put Cortana in there too? Will she be the new clippy?

as long if she isn't the new BOB...

Praetor said,
as long if she isn't the new BOB...

The only thing wrong with Bob was the implementation.
We're still chasing the concept of Bob to this day, and MS extensively with Modern everywhere.

Heck, All my Windows Phones are named as some derivative of MSBob.

Very true: at the time Bob already had a fully vectorized desktop. Granted the UI was too much Kindergarten style and was expensive. Along came Windows 95.... and later we got Merlin and co.

funny. MS bundles any little app with windows 8 which has a relatively low usage share and the EU goes up in a rage.

Google bundles the crap out of everything on everything and the EU has tea time with Larry doing naughty things in the google SF barge.

neonspark said,
funny. MS bundles any little app with windows 8 which has a relatively low usage share and the EU goes up in a rage.

Google bundles the crap out of everything on everything and the EU has tea time with Larry doing naughty things in the google SF barge.

That totally explains the EU's Anti-trust case against Google.

SharpGreen said,

That totally explains the EU's Anti-trust case against Google.

Well prety much: it does. Google is gettings, once again, away with it. If they get charged, they won't have to pay billions like Microsoft had to (3,4 billion dollar on this moment). The last time a charge was mentioned, it was something around 10 million... EU and Google are big friends, and it's not going to change any time soon.

Studio384 said,
Well prety much: it does. Google is gettings, once again, away with it. If they get charged, they won't have to pay billions like Microsoft had to (3,4 billion dollar on this moment). The last time a charge was mentioned, it was something around 10 million... EU and Google are big friends, and it's not going to change any time soon.

So having to promote a competitor's crap products for free is getting away with it? Wow. I didn't know that.

Internet Explorer 11.0.7? I see that 11.0.4 will come in March, but what happened to 11.0.5 and 11.0.6? I did expect more something like 11.1.

By now people should have enough sense to uncheck what they don't want. As for Bing this is nothing new since it already is part of 8.1's search (minus the toolbar) and can be turned off. Speaking of toolbars and malware, nothing beats Google bundling its crap with everything out there.

If one doesn't want "Bing," then what?
Windows-8 had enough problems with the non touch-centric set it when originally issued...and now this? One can only hope that one can opt-out of "Bing," just as MS should have given one the choice of UI to use with Windows-8.

TsarNikky said,
If one doesn't want "Bing," then what?
Windows-8 had enough problems with the non touch-centric set it when originally issued...and now this? One can only hope that one can opt-out of "Bing," just as MS should have given one the choice of UI to use with Windows-8.

exactly! except certain people around here will publically castrate people like us for even mentioning this.

You can already turn off Bing integration with 8.1's search, or did you not know this? There's no way they'll ever make it mandatory because they know they'll be slapped with a multi-million dollar fine faster than they can say Bing.

You can most certainly opt-out of Bing (or any default search setting), at least on non-Google browsers (including IE and Firefox/derivatives - even though most of the Firefox derivatives, and Firefox itself, default to Google). The sixty-four-euro question - how easy is it to opt-out of Google being the default search on Chrome?

All operating systems have bugs and problems but all is not as easy to find or even discover, as this requires a lot of time to try different things

and now i just guessing this is just and alpha version for now for maybe beta version

While this could seem odd, it could reflect the EU's love affair with taxing Microsoft for baking in its own services deeply into the OS.

Microsoft was fined because it violated a legally binding agreement made with the EC. If the company had abided by the ruling it wouldn't have had to pay a single dollar. Neowin needs to cut it with the anti-EU propaganda.

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