Microsoft pushing lower priced version of Windows Phone 8.1 to manufacturers

Microsoft pushing lower priced version of Windows Phone 8.1 to manufacturers
A lower cost version of Windows Phone 8.1 is being offered to manufacturers by Microsoft, in an effort to keep the phone producers churning out cheap versions of Windows Phone handsets. According to a Microsoft blog posted on Friday, some new Windows Phone models will be introduced heading into Computex which starts June 2nd in Taipei.

A new version of Microsoft's mobile OS, called Windows Phone 8.1 with Bing, offers the latter as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. Users will still be able to change search engines as they wish. Some of these models, especially tablets, will also include Office, or a one year subscription to Office 365.

The main reason for giving manufacturers a lower cost, or even possibly free version of the platform, is to encourage them to continue offering lower cost Windows Phone models. And now, some of them will come with Office. It seems like a win-win-win for consumers, manufacturers and for Microsoft. Throw in app developers taking advantage of the increase in users, and it's a win-win-win-win.


source: Microsoft via TheRegister

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55 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wait a little longer OEMS, you'll get paid to push the OS. Beware of newly hired high ranking company officers.

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

No one can say Android is in a race to the bottom anymore.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I thought WP was suppose to be free now. Besides with Microsoft now owning Nokia phone and devices division. Any new WP OEMS would be competing with Microsoft, and Microsoft sells over 90% of all WP devices. Microsoft owns and controls the WP OS, and you can only use Qualcomm CPUs. The other thing is WP market share is only at roughly 4% globally.

10. papss unregistered

Read the article funny guy

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Alterecho and SleepingOz aswell as CorporateJp, Sauce and others should be here soon

26. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I like how you're hoping for reinforcements to make yourself feel better.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I read it a few times....and I agree with him...I thought WP was supposed to be free now.....or is that WP 8 only... Either Alan got it wrong or MS isnt telling the whole story. Just read the source links....I dont want to infer anything.....but a distinction should be made in this article thats its about WP...and Windows...

41. papss unregistered

No it has nothing to do with wp at all.. this is strickly windows

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Ridiculous...

23. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Update.. To my comment... I meant that its ridiculous how the same pathetic trolls, who hate Microsoft, come to every MS related article... .............. WPCentral people... Because PA doesn't care to make this site enjoyable for everyone...

24. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Aww Buttercups, don't run away, we didn't when you an bretheren were trashing anything not WP. Everything is fair game to someone on PA.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Show one article where I trashed iDroid. One Article since the beginning of my membership.. Don't group me with you, and others, who trash platforms.... But, don't forget.. Show me.. I'd like to see this.

34. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No sence filtering through 3K of posts when most regulars know better then what you are portraying now. Get real.

42. papss unregistered

You need to look in the mirror.. you and TROLL/ARTE troll way more.. it's pathetic really.. Also read the article from the source before commenting such rubbish

48. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You always bring Wp topic in every article We all know you are a big hardcore Wp Ms fanboy

3. Alexander_K

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

There's no such thing as Windows Phone 8.1 with Bing. Did you even read the announcement or any sources at all? It's Windows 8.1 with Bing, not Windows Phone... (gigantic face palm) Windows Phone is free since the BUILD conference in April. Go home, Phone Arena, you're drunk :D

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wp is disliked by public that MS is paying Oems to make Wp devices and no one wants to buy Wp cause its closed platform aswell as it has no major apps and games Wp is not doing great. Its stuck on 4% worlwide Wp were given away for free even that after using it no one enjoyed the platform due to having no apps When you see adds on Tv or cable or satalite it only shows Android and iOs platform

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP is loved by the public consumer feedbacks and the fact that is it all the platforms and their OEM's they are all now FLAT, CLEAN, MINIMALISTIC like WP. The OS is a trend setter. Additional besides copying WP UI they also also copying WP features like Android copied WP three dot menu, immersive mode, flat and colorful status bars. HTC Blinkfeed is dead knockoff off Live tiles design interface and WP panorama UI. Xperia Z2 tiles flipping on homescreen and its music hub is copied from Windows Phone. I could go on and on WP is the OS everyone is mimicking. WP sales are better than ever before and with it being free now it will only get better. You continue to bash WP yet those who you love copies it. WP redefined the smartphone, deal with it.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Symbian Webos had these features before Wp

27. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No you are a liar they did not.

18. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

You nailed it, everyone is clambering to copy that 4%. I'm not sure what is worse, people saying Android copied iOS or that it is trying to copy WP. If you had said Android copied Symbian, I'd have bought that. Anything else comes off as delusional jealousy. Microsoft went the Metro design way and everyone else is as well, but at a much slower and gradual pace. When Android is released with live tiles in the base UI, I'll give you credit for saying they copied WP.

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you know anything about Android then you would know how flexible Android and it's UI really is. WP just has tiles that can change their sizes (3 different sizes). They are not interactive. Android has widgets that can be sized anyway. Androids widgets are also interactive. If you don't like the UI on your current Android phone, then change it. If you want to look and feel like iOS then download an iOS launcher. If you want to look and feel like WP then download a WP launcher. Every OS has good and bad. Android shines above all others for its openness, flexibility, customization, and being agnostic. This is where iOS, WP, Blackberry fail in comparison to Android.

45. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He is so jealous cause Wp does not have these functions He is a Android user and knows Android well and what it can do, but indenial he is

50. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Wow. I can't stand WP because of the tiles. I don't have a problem with it being smooth and fast, but the UI is a major turnoff for me. Try reading my original post again, with the sarcasm injected in the first sentence this time. How you can get I secretly love WP is a mystery. Your hatred towards it really does blind you to a lot of what you read in the comments about it.

49. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I've been using Android since the G1 by HTC. I also know that common design themes run through a lot of different OS', but it's not enough to say Android is a copy of WP. Android has 80% of the world market share, they don't need to copy the 4% because they already dominate in sales. Just because the other OS' are slowly migrating to Metro design does NOT mean they are copying WP. Metro is older than WP by a long shot. I'm not really sure why you feel I don't understand Android and how it works. Maybe you missed the sarcasm of the 4% portion of my previous comment.(?)

21. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Google also took features from ios and other OS's.

11. Alexander_K

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

oh, you're so full of.... 1. Microsoft is not paying anyone to make WP devices, they come on their own, because they know WP has potential. 2. The market share may be 4% worldwide, but that is because people are afraid to try the tiled interface. Most of the people who have bought a WP like it a lot and that's why WP has one of the highest satisfaction rates (90% according to PCMag). So yeah some people prefer live tile, not just rows or icons. 3. The Windows Phone Store has 85% of the top apps and games. But you can continue living in your tiny made up world. I get that you don't like WP and that's fine, but don't tell lies. It's just pathetic.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao It has been 3years for Wp Please WindowsMobile has been trying for 8years it failed Wp7 tried for over a year, it died, fragmentation Rip Android and iOs were at 30% in 3 years

36. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Actually IOS is now on 10%.

46. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

ios is 10% behind Android The post really suits your avatar

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