In this fast changing internet enabled world new technology and markets appear in the blink of an eye, while others suffer a slow death. Microsoft may be struggling to keep pace with the speed of these changes but you can be sure it will pump those little legs to keep up.
According to the latest rumours keeping everyone clicking Windows 8.1 with Bing is about to go free to play. This new specially designed build is aimed specifically at Windows XP and Windows 7 users, allowing them to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free.
Russian Windows rumour mill and leak specialist Wzor has released screenshots of the new build, is this the rumoured new free build that will feature tight integration between all of Microsoft’s new services? Many are suggesting this is the case.
Rumours also suggest the new build will feature tight integration with OneDrive, Skype, Xbox Music, Video and Bing. Bing itself is expected to evolve into some kind of search and synchronization monster that will provide a connection between all of your devices.
Office is also receiving similar treatment with the Office 2010 Starter Edition costing $2, this is for PC manufactures only and is sold to manufacturers who agree to pre-load Microsoft Bing Bar and Windows Live Essentials.
Things look to be moving fast at Microsoft; ideas that many years ago would have seemed farfetched are today the new forward thinking strategies. More information regarding Microsoft’s new products and strategies are expected to surface on April 1 at the annual Microsoft Build conference.
How far will Microsoft take their free to play strategy? Will we soon be paying for extra XP or putting cash down for that character upgrade? Only time will tell.