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September 23, 2005

Multilingual XP Starter Edition released for India includes English

Posted by David Hunter at 12:26 PM ET.

Links: First multilingual version of XP released (actually first multilingual Starter Edition); Microsoft Offers English Windows in India; and (via Microsoft to launch multi-lingual Windows XP Starter Edition:

New Delhi: Giving a helping hand to the Government, Microsoft Corporation has offered to provide tools for language-based computing which includes a new multilingual Windows XP Starter Edition among others to address the problem of digital divide in the country.

This collaboration between them came up as part of a strategy aimed at supporting the Ministry of Communication and IT, after a series of discussions that took place this week at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters between the visiting Union IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran and Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation.

I continue to believe that the Starter Editions are mostly token PR offerings to placate Third World government bureaucrats rather than serious players in the local IT scenes or any kind of antipiracy balm. From the first link:

More than 100,000 copies of Starter Edition XP have been sold around the world to date.

Filed under Bill Gates, Executives, Governmental Relations, OS - Client, XP Starter Edition

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One Response to “Multilingual XP Starter Edition released for India includes English”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » New XP Starter Editions for Egypt and Turkey Says:

    [...] The Arabic and Turkish versions will be distributed in partnership with the governments of Egypt and Turkey, respectively. As I have observed before, the Starter Editions seem to be mostly a sop to 3rd world goverments as opposed to real players on the local IT scene. More interesting is: Starter Edition is one of three initiatives Microsoft’s using to get its wares in developing countries. The others: Local Language Program (LLP) and Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR). [...]

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