Redmond, US-based tech giant Microsoft is mulling over launching a free version of the Windows 8.1 OS (operating system) or selling it for a very low price, according to a report by The Verge.
Microsoft is going to give a 70% discount to manufacturers to license Windows 8.1 in their low-cost computers and tablets, according to sources interviewed by Bloomberg.
Windows 8's share in the operating systems market was predicted to be slowing down in the next quarters as more users had been urged to upgrade to the best software version.
Small business IT administrators were not pleased with manually updating each Windows 8 device to Windows 8.1.
For PCMag's Matthew Murray, Windows 8.1 won't be worth the upgrade for desktop fans.
Microsoft made seemingly minor but convenient changes to Windows 8.1.
The Windows 8.1 update would seek to address issues that had been found in the original Windows 8 operating system.
A hacker identified as James Forshaw received USD100,000 in prize money from Microsoft Corp's bug bounty program for finding a new way to bypass security of Windows 8.1.