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When rumors of a new Windows version called Windows 8.1 with Bing emerged, many Microsoft watchers speculated about what was happening

From Supersite for Windows:
But I can report now that Windows 8.1 with Bing is nothing more than the low-cost version of Windows that Microsoft will offer to hardware makers that sell PCs for less than $250. And it comes with no restrictions for users at all.

I previously wrote about Windows 8.1 Bing in Free Windows? Maybe. In that article, I wondered aloud about the point of this release and offered up some fanciful ideas about what might be happening. As it turns out, it's much simpler than that.
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