An anonymous reader writes: I have seen little reporting on this but Microsoft has added the "Smart Search" to it's Windows 8.1 incarnation — which sends all it's search terms to Bing to create revenue from displaying web results and ads. That display can be disabled.
So all is ok you may think. But it's not, just look at the wording of the entry in the dialog, there it doesn't allow you to "disable Bing search", no you can only set "I don't want to see the Bing search results", implying that the search itself still is being sent to Microsoft. This is a big security breach and not a single business entity should therefore allow their employees to ever use the operating system... You have to monitor traffic and find out which servers are accessed to provide the Bing results to then disable access to them via an external firewall to get rid of this.