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Cheap Windows Math

Windows XP Starter Edition is a cool idea. This less expensive version of Windows with fewer features is designed to make it easier for those in poor countries to afford a personal computer. I think it should be available worldwide. Like there aren't poor folks in the United States, Canada, Italy or Germany? (Maybe they should keep it out of Luxembourg and Monaco.)

Over a million copies have been sold, which led an overzealous Microsoft PR type to write this headline: "Windows XP Starter Edition Milestone: Helping Millions Cross the Digital Divide." Maybe the math is right; maybe that many people cluster around each individual PC. There's one trying to create a document, another watching and a third explaining how to hit ctrl-alt-del all at once!

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/11/2006 at 1:15 PM


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