Microsoft Postpones Launch of Low-Cost Windows in India

Development snags delay the release of Windows XP Starter Edition.

Launch of the low-cost version of Microsoft Windows XP in India will be delayed to June from its original release timeframe of the first quarter due to some localization issues, according to the Associated Press, Tuesday.

Ranjivjit Singh, marketing and business operations director of Microsoft India, told reporters in Bangalore, “We are still working on providing Indian language capability” and added “You can’t underestimate the huge development work involved.”

Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition, a stripped-down version of the Windows XP operating system targeted for first-time home PC users in developing technology markets, is already being sold in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, with launch plans for Russia as well. With a 90 percent market share of operating systems sold in the country, India is the largest of the five markets Microsoft is pursuing.

The Indian version of XP Starter Edition will initially only support Hindi, India’s dominant language among its 18 official ones. Support for nine other languages will be added later.

No price has yet been announced for the operating system.

For more information on Windows XP Starter Edition in India, go to

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Mar 23, 2005 Concerned MCSE Anonymous

My Sentiments Exactly

Tue, Mar 22, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

Noticed that it's not available to us in Canada either. Thanks for nothing Bill!

Tue, Mar 22, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous


Tue, Mar 22, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

Microsoft makes us pay through the nose and tries to appear humanitarian around the rest of the globe.

Tue, Mar 22, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

I agree... why is Microsoft offering a low-price version to so many others, but not here in the United States?

Microsoft is exceptionally un-patriotic!

Thu, Mar 17, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

How about a low cost version for everywhere else? This must be fuelling offshoring - how very patriotic, MS!

Thu, Feb 26, 2004 sibi india


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