Feeds

Microsoft debuts Windows for the Poor

$3 suite for students in developing countries

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Microsoft is to sell a Windows bundle for $3 targeting students in emerging markets.

The Student Innovation Suite will feature Windows XP Starter Edition, Office Home and Student, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Office and Windows Live Mail, and will be available in selected countries where governments pay for students' PCs in the second half of the year. The suite will be extended in 2008 to countries defined as low or middle income by the World Bank.

In what could be the latest dig at Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child, Microsoft today called the Suite an "affordable and reliable" package for primary and secondary school students.

Last year Bill Gates mocked Negroponte's wind-up device, while the Indian Government dismissed the machine as not serious.

The offer comes after Microsoft conceived Windows XP Starter Edition in 2004, to stave off Linux and open source in emerging markets where users were simply unable to pay the hundreds of dollars needed to license Microsoft's software.

Microsoft's focus on governments comes after Windows XP Starter Edition had originally targeted local OEMs in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The operating system was devised as the governments of Thailand and Malaysia separately sponsored projects to build sub-$250 desktops and $400 laptops for their citizens. Microsoft had abstained from these projects because of its unwillingness to depart from a single price list.

Microsoft has also today committed to double its number of Innovation Centers to 200 in the next few years, providing advice and hardware to local developers. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.