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  • Windows XP Starter Edition will be released in nine Indian languages

    Microsoft will offer versions of Windows XP Starter Edition in nine Indian languages besides English in India, it announced Thursday. The Indian language versions of the Windows XP Starter Edition are among a number of new initiatives by Microsoft to support India's efforts to bridge the digital divide, the company said.

    The new initiatives are an offshoot of discussions Wednesday at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, headquarters between senior executives of Microsoft, including the company's chairman Bill Gates, and a visiting Indian delegation led by Dayanidhi Maran, India's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the company said.

    In June, Microsoft rolled out its Windows XP Starter Edition in India. The software is a low cost, stripped-down version of Windows XP for emerging economies. The Starter Edition was introduced in Hindi, and the company said at the time that versions of the Starter Edition in other Indian languages may also be considered depending on user response.

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 4:24 AM