Microsoft Corp. today announced a five-country pilot program for Windows XP Starter Edition, a low-cost introduction to the Microsoft Windows XP operating system designed for first-time desktop PC users in developing technology markets. Designed as a result of Microsoft's ongoing collaborations with international governments, the Windows XP Starter Edition Pilot Program is part of Microsoft's comprehensive commitment to enable individuals, communities and countries to gain access to the technology tools, skills and innovation they need to realize their potential. Windows XP Starter Edition will offer an affordable and easy-to-use entry point to the Windows family of products that is tailored to local markets, in local languages, and is compatible with a wide range of Windows-based applications and devices.
Starting in October 2004, Windows XP Starter Edition will ship on new, low-cost desktop PCs available through PC original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Microsoft OEM distributors in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Language versions will be available in Thai, Malay and Indonesian.
Windows XP Starter Edition will be the most affordable Windows operating system offered to date. Specific pricing information will be made available to participating PC OEMs and Microsoft Authorized OEM Distributors in the coming weeks. The remaining two countries in the five-country pilot program will be announced later this year following final discussions with governments and partners.