Microsoft expands low-cost Windows to Mexico, by By Ina Fried

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Microsoft said Tuesday that it is expanding its Windows XP Starter Edition to include Mexico, with plans to eventually offer the low-cost operating system throughout Latin America.

The software maker said that the Spanish-language Windows XP Starter Edition will be made available on new PCs starting immediately in Mexico and Argentina, with a goal of offering the OS throughout Latin America in the coming months. XP Starter Edition is similar to other flavors of Windows XP, but is offered only as part of new low-end PCs in developing countries. It also has some limitations, such as the ability to run only three programs simultaneously.

Microsoft already offers the operating system in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, however sales there are said to be off to a slow start. In recent months, the company also has launched in Brazil and India. Microsoft plans to offer a Russian version of Starter Edition as soon as the government finalizes its low-cost PC program.
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Source: CNET