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  • Microsoft is getting ready to release a cheap, easy-to-use version of Windows XP for developing mark

    Windows XP Starter Edition--an inexpensive version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system that does not contain as many features as the standard version--will begin shipping on PCs in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia in October, said Maggie Wilderotter, senior vice president for the worldwide public sector at Microsoft. Read full article...

  • Microsoft aims to take advantage of opportunities in countries where PC use remains low with Window

    ’Over 400 million households worldwide by 2008 will have the income, the electricity, and the connectivity necessary to make an appropriately tailored PC for their market a desired product,’ Poole said. More than half of those households are in markets that Microsoft is most interested in grabbing: Brazil, China, India, and Russia. ’Those are the big dogs of emerging market opportunities,’ Poole said, and would be the natural targets for expansion of Starter Edition....

  • Developing countries need a business boost

    ...small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries - the agribusiness processors, the components manufacturers for multinationals, the software outsourcers - are the real potential engines of growth and employment and have a much greater possibility of becoming competitive businesses. Read full article here. ...

    The Financial Times
  • Answering India’s call

    In terms of sheer numbers, India?s cellular market is impossible to ignore. The number of subscribers has increased nearly 10-fold since 2000, from 3.5 million to more than 34 million today, according to a recent report by market research firm InStat/MDR. By 2009, India is expected to have around 150 million mobile subscribers, about the size of the U.S. market today. In the first half of 1999, 12,000 new customers signed on each month. By last year, that number jumped to more than 778,000...

    Red Herring
  • TowerGroup Examines How Effective Vendor Partnership Strategies Can Be Critical to Success for Insur

    North American insurers currently are pursuing global expansion at a pace rivaling that of European insurers’ entry into US markets in the early 1990s. TowerGroup finds that more favorable economics, key demographic trends and the gradual dissolution of international barriers to entry underscore the high growth possible for US insurers in key emerging markets. Read full article here.

    Yahoo! Finance
  • Emerging markets drive growth for malt and chocolate drinks

    Malt- and chocolate-based drinks are often seen as relatively unsophisticated in developed markets in the west, but in many countries, in particular in Latin America, they are big business indeed, marketed mostly as an excellent source of nutrition in countries where food quality is often poor. Read full article here. ...

  • A billion PC users on the way

    The number of PC users is expected to hit or exceed 1 billion by 2010, up from around 660 million to 670 million today, fueled primarily by new adopters in developing nations such as China, Russia and India, according to analysts. ’It took more than 20 years to grow the worldwide base of PC users to 600-plus million. By 2010, I expect that to grow to 1 billion, due to opportunities in emerging markets and new scenarios and form factors,’ wrote Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a rece...

  • Driving Toward the $2,200 Car

    Price is the key. Motorbikes and scooters in India retail for a relatively affordable $600 to $1,500. But most cars go for at least $4,500 -- one reason so few are sold. Local automakers are racing to create cars that would retail for 100,000 rupees -- roughly $2,200, or just half as much as the lowest-priced models sold today. At that magic price point, the reasoning goes, sales could double from last year’s total of 900,000 vehicles. ...

    Business 2.0
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