Starter Edition for India, the latest version of MS
affordable and local language operating system introduced in India last year,
has been created following extensive feedback from first time users in India,
and provides multi language support allowing them to seamlessly switch between
English, Hindi and Tamil as the comÂputing interface. UnderÂscoÂring its
commitÂment to help India bridge the digital divide by creating locally
relevant and afforÂdable solutions, Microsoft also announced the launch of
Works 8, an entry level productivity applicaÂtions suite in India.
To make these solutions far more broadly available,
Microsoft also announced that it will work with HCL and other OEM partners for
retail availability. Starting April, HCL will ship 'Windows XP Starter Edition
for India' based entry-level desktops and noteÂbooks, which will be
pre-loaded with Works 8 and other products and services such as Quick Heal
anti-virus, education content from Edurite, and broadband access from BSNL and
MTNL. These soluÂtions will be available in 75 cities across the country, at
price points as low as Rs 399 per month.
launch of Windows XP Starter Edition for India follows the introduction of
Windows XP Starter Edition which incluÂded a Hindi language interÂface, in May
last year. PCs with Windows XP Starter Edition were available through governÂment
assisted PC programs in select states such as UttaranÂchal and Tamil Nadu. The
new version of the product has been developed specially for India following
feedback from existing users of Windows XP Starter Edition.
Windows XP StarÂter EdiÂtion for India introduces
beginner PC users to compuÂting by providing a simple operating system for
entry level PCs. In addition, to enable the most popular PC activities - such as
word processing, email and InterÂnet access.
DQW News Bureau New Delhi, March 15