Microsoft Readies Another Cut-Rate Windows Bundle

This time the Redmond software company is offering Malaysian users a Windows XP-Microsoft Works combination to head Linux off at the pass.

Right after dropping hints that it is readying new initiatives to combat the growth and popularity of open-source software overseas, Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Tuesday that it is offering a low-priced Windows bundle to Malaysian users.

A company spokesman said Microsoft had just announced an agreement with Malaysia to offer a localized bundle of XP Home and the Microsoft Works suite for low-cost PCs. The deal falls under the auspices of the Malaysian governments PC Gemilang Project. Malaysian citizens can place their orders between March and April through 200 retailers around the country, the spokesman added.

"The PC Gemilang program is another example of innovative programs that Microsoft is creating in emerging countries to develop, enhance and expand local skills that enable individuals to realize the benefits of a robust, global IT industry," according to a statement by Microsoft.

"We are committed to continuing to work with governments all over the world on programs and initiatives that address their specific challenges and meet the needs of their citizens," the statement continued.


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