Microsoft to Blanket Latin America with Stripped-Down Windows

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2005-06-29
 
 
 

Microsoft Corp. is taking a new tack with its Windows XP Starter Edition campaign. Rather than introducing versions tailored very specifically to individual countries, Microsoft has introduced the first generalized versions for a specific region.

On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled in Mexico City the newest member of its Starter Edition family: Windows XP Starter Edition in Spanish. The product is available immediately in Mexico and Argentina, according to Microsoft officials. And Microsoft is planning to roll it out across other Latin American countries "in the coming months," a Microsoft spokesman said.

The spokesman acknowledged that the Spanish edition marks the first time that Microsoft released a version of the Starter Edition product that was not tailored to users in a single country.

Prior to Tuesdays Spanish edition announcement, Microsoft has launched six locally optimized versions of XP Starter Edition in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, India and Brazil. All of the editions are currently shipping, except for the Russian one, which is still in pilot-test phase, Microsoft officials said.

XP Starter Edition releases are custom-developed versions of Windows XP that strip out some of Windows XPs features and functionality.

Features cut from the various Starter Editions have included support for multiple user accounts; networked printers; the ability to personalize desktops with multiple looks and feels for different users; and support for screen resolutions above 800 X 600 pixels. Starter Edition also prevents users from launching more than three applications simultaneously.

Read the full story on Microsoft Watch: Microsoft to Blanket Latin America With Stripped-Down Windows

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