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Microsoft prays for service revenue with free Windows 8.1 with Bing for tablets

Gregg Keizer | May 26, 2014
Pushes OEMs to lower tablet prices and throws in Office, all to drive larger sales share.

Windows 8.1 with Bing will not lock users into Microsoft's search engine, LeBlanc promised. "Customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu, providing them with control over search engine settings," he said.

Microsoft has failed thus far to generate much interest in tablets powered by Windows. According to researcher IDC, Windows tablets accounted for just 3.4% of all tablets shipped in 2013, a far cry from the 35% of Apple's iOS and the 61% of Google's Android.


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