Microsoft is set to offer its own range of tweaked, bloatware-free 'Signature' Windows 8 PCs, according to a report by Computerworld.
The Signature service - which is already available for Windows 7 desktops and laptops in the US, but not in Australia as far as we can see - removes bloatware, software trials and other superfluous programs from third-party systems.
In other words, it saves you the trouble of uninstalling unwanted software from your new Windows PC. Whether your PC was made by Dell, HP, Acer, Samsung or select other vendors, Microsoft Signature helps to ensure your machine is performance-optimised from the moment you boot up.
"Each PC we sell is configured by Microsoft engineers to operate at each model’s peak performance level. From start-up to shut down or waking the computer from sleep, you'll notice the performance advantage," claims the Microsoft Signature website.
The Signature treatment for Windows 7 is a free service which also lets you customise software and comes with 90 days of free phone support (US only).
Microsoft Signature has been advertised in the past in Australia, as part of a limited offer with Dell laptops. Hopefully Windows 8 will see the service get a wider push. After all, Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 8, so it's in the company's interest to give consumers as smooth a ride as possible.