In the Microsoft Store, you can buy Signature Edition PCs
- PCs made by other vendors and sold with just the operating system and drivers and microsoft defender installed. It seems that they have seen what I've seen- that purchasing a pre-build PC is an experience in frustration when you get home with it.
Not sure how long this has been going on- maybe I'm late to the show. But it looks like a step in the right direction towards pressuring vendors to stop monetizing their consumers and make their money on the sales of their hardware instead of the sales of computer users' privacy and online safety.
No junkware or trialware
Some new PCs come pre-installed with programs, toolbars, utilities and screensavers that you might not want and may never use. This can slow down your computer and junk up your Start screen or desktop. When you buy a new PC at Microsoft Store, we ensure there's no third-party junkware or trialware installed.
There are offerings from Dell, HP, Asus, Toshiba, and there are some great deals. I just picked up an HP Stream 7
... as you might remember, I had a windows device but sold it. But at this price point, I don't see how I can go wrong- $79 and a $25 app store credit and a free subscription to office 365.
There's also a section on Value Laptops
that they're positioning to take on the Chromebook.
Looks like a good way to incentivize the industry towards going towards clean builds and clean installs, and hopefully stop things like the Superfish debacle from being a concern.