11/08/2004 by Leigh Phillips
Microsoft is set to roll-out a 'no-frills', low-cost version of its Windows
XP operating system for third world markets.
The new OS, Windows XP Starter Edition, offers lower-resolution graphics
and restricts the ability to connect computers via a network. Also, the OS
can only run three programmes at any one time.
The stripped-down edition of the operating system is an attempt to undercut
the spread of Linux in developing countries. The open source operating
system is increasingly popular in Latin America and Asia, and HP announced
a few months ago that its was to begin shipping desktops with Linux
pre-installed to India and China.
Windows XP Starter Edition, or 'XP Lite', will ship to Asia in October.
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