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According to the leaked documentation, Windows 8.1 with Bing is a new Windows edition that is targeted at low-cost devices. The SKU will set Bing as the default search engine and OEMs will not be able to override this choice.

It seems quite clear, the low-cost SKU will require OEMs to pivot around Bing and the Microsoft suite of services in an attempt to boost Bing’s market share. This SKU likely plays into Microsoft’s move to offer Windows 8 at a lower price point to help move more licenses and proliferate Windows 8 across the ecosystem.
It was originally guessed to be a free consumer version, it's now identified as a cheaper alternative for OEMs. It shouldn't affect end user at all.
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Bing's pretty good for daily searches really.

Their homepage is also beautiful and useful

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Bing's pretty good for daily searches really.
Their homepage is also beautiful and useful

I actually agree. I've almost exclusively been using Bing for the past month and I really can't say it's been a big change from Google, at least not negatively.
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