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MS launches Windows for India

Microsoft Corporation launches ?Windows XP Starter Edition for India? the latest version of its affordable and local language operating system.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 18:30 IST

Microsoft Corporation India on Wednesday launched ‘Windows XP Starter Edition for India’ the latest version of its affordable and local language operating system.

The new version 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 computing interface.

Underscoring its commitment to help India bridge the digital divide by creating locally relevant and affordable solutions, Microsoft also announced the launch of Works 8, an entry level productivity applications 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 & notebooks, 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 solutions will be available in 75 cities across the country, at price points as low as Rs 399 per month.

Speaking on the occasion Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology said, “An affordable PC in local languages is the key to ensuring IT access for a billion Indians."

"Microsoft’s effort towards making its software affordable and available in local languages is a great step towards increasing PC usage in India and taking IT to the common man.” he added.

‘Windows XP Starter Edition for India’ introduces beginner PC users to computing 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 internet access - the product includes unique features specifically designed for beginners.