There are valid reasons why Microsoft (or almost any other technology company) does not like the sight of early leaked copies, and this new development only adds to the case.
Windows 8.1 with Bing is now available for download, unofficially, of course.
This new version of the operating system is only designed for OEMs to install on their upcoming hardware devices, but if you look hard enough you can find a copy. No word yet on whether Redmond is offering this SKU of its flagship operating system free of charge, or at lower costs to manufactures.
But the idea behind it is simple enough — to encourage hardware partners in bringing more and more affordable devices to store shelves, thereby boosting the adoption of the modern platform.
Microsoft did confirm that the peculiarly named Windows 8.1 with Bing does, in fact, come with Bing configured as the default search engine in Internet Explorer.
Nevertheless, in the spirit of complying with competition regulations, the company does allow users the ability to switch to a different search engine like Google or Yahoo!
Additionally, this variant of the operating system will never be released for download separately, as Microsoft clearly wants to reserve this to be preinstalled by hardware partners on their devices.
If you are in the mood to check it out, however, keep in mind that this comes via unofficial channels. It’s best to stick with your current operating system in order to receive support, and all that fun stuff.
But leaked Windows 8.1 with Bing, has.