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No regional plans for Microsoft's easy OS

Microsoft is continuing to expand trials of its Windows XP Starter Edition OS, but the firm still has no plans to include the Middle East in its schedule.

Microsoft is continuing to expand trials of its Windows XP Starter Edition OS, but the firm still has no plans to include the Middle East in its schedule.

In August last year the software giant announced the first trial of its simplified software platform. Physically rolled out two months later, this trial covered Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. In September 2004 Microsoft then announced plans to also include Russia and India in the scheme, expanding the number of pilot markets to five.

"(Windows XP) Starter Edition was specifically designed as a 'pilot' for first-time PC users in developing technology markets who are interested in an affordable entry-level version of Windows," said Mazen Shehadeh, product marketing manager, Microsoft South Gulf. "It incorporates a redesigned help system (called My Support) which is tailored to first time users. It also includes a detailed Getting Started Guide, tutorials on using the computer and step-by-step descriptions on how to perform basic tasks."

Asked by ITP.net to comment specifically on the possibility of bringing XP Starter Edition to this region, Shehadeh claimed it was still "too premature" to speculate on further potential markets for Windows XP Starter Edition.

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