Arabic users start with Windows

Microsoft Middle East and Africa (MEA) has teamed up with the governments of Egypt and Turkey to bring Arabic and Turkish language editions of its Windows XP Starter Edition OS to the region.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 19, 2006

Microsoft Middle East and Africa (MEA) has teamed up with the governments of Egypt and Turkey to bring Arabic and Turkish language editions of its Windows XP Starter Edition OS to the region. This move brings the number of markets in which local-language versions of XP Starter Edition up to 32. “Building on our joint success in the affordable PC Initiative, ‘PC for Every Home’, that has delivered more than a quarter of a million PCs to Egyptian homes, we anticipate the new Windows XP Starter Edition that has been localised in Arabic will provide wider and more affordable technology access to the masses,” said Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology for the Arab Republic of Egypt. Meanwhile Binali Yıldırım, Turkey’s Transportation Minister, added: “Microsoft’s Windows XP Starter Edition in Turkish will contribute to greater computer access and literacy. Our goal is to provide easy access to technology to the people of Turkey.” “Regardless of geography, the fundamental challenges of digital inclusion are the same the world over,” said the president of Microsoft International, Jean-Philippe Courtois. “At Microsoft we are steadfast in our commitment to work together with our government partners to address these challenges so that communities around the world can benefit from the transformative tool that is technology.” Windows XP Starter Edition is a PC operating system designed for first-time users in developing technology markets. Priced at a lower level than standard Windows versions, Starter Edition features a redesigned help system, called My Support, which includes a built-in and detailed Getting Started Guide. Users can choose from country-specific wallpapers and screensavers, plus the OS’s pre-configured advanced settings are intended to help reduce set-up confusion for Windows first-timers.

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