Windows XP to come to India in June

By Derek Sooman on March 21, 2005, 2:44 AM
The low-cost version of Windows XP in India will now be launched in June, it has emerged. Prior to this, it was expected that the launch would take place in the first quarter of 2005, but in true Microsoft fashion this has been delayed. The problem, it seems, is that Windows XP Starter Edition has been put forth by delays in adapting it for local users.

"We are still working on providing Indian language capability. You canít underestimate the huge development work involved." - Ranjivjit Singh, marketing and business operations director.

Microsoft is hoping that the provision of a cheap XP in India will help to reduce piracy (apparently, only 1 in 5 machines in India use more expensive licensed software.) However, this may prove difficult, given the lukewarm response to the launch of Windows XP Starter Edition in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Part of the problem is that pirated copies of Windows XP are sold for less than $5, and many prospective Starter Edition partners sell their kit without any OS installed, while others are continuing to pre-load full editions of XP. Still others are finding a market for pre-loaded Linux.

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kol_indian said:
Windows Xp Pirated for 5$ whoa re u kidding (5$ =5* 45 = Rs 225)i know that u can get windows xp any version for approx Rs 50 that is like one dollar, the problem is that the people who sell this have the cost on the number of cd count and not the software so if u have 5 cd then it is 5 * rs 50 and so on.i personnaly have a windows xp home OEm version got it seperately.but that to i have insists the buyer to get it for me,it took two days to do that. when u get a pc, if it is not branded then it will have pirated software along with it(atleast in india) unless u insists on it, this because these people work on very small margins and the competition in very high. that is the problem so unless windows can sell for 1 dollar there will be problems.
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