Windows suite for the poor

By: Robert Thomson

At the stunning price of 3$ the suite (named the Student Innovation suite) will contain Windows XP Starter Edition, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Office, Office Home and Student, Microsoft Math 3.0 and Windows Live Mail. For now the suite will only be available in selected countries that are in development and where the government is supporting students. But the program is said to expand in 2008 in countries defined as low or middle income by the World Bank.

This initiative is meant to come as a support to other humanitarian programs such as the One Laptop Per Child initiative. On the other hand the Windows XP Starter Edition was released in 2004 in an attempt to offer cheap operating systems to governments that are starting to use more and more free OS's like Linux. As an example take a look at initiatives in Thailand and Malaysia to build cheap desktops and laptops for the population, the main choice was Linux but the cheap Windows XP Starter Edition was an attractive alternative (and still is now in similar cases).

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