# Windows XP: Starter Edition

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This has to be the funniest Microsoft news i've heard in a while:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5670541/

Microsoft is trying to counter Linux and piracy in Asia by offering a stripped down version of Windows XP for $36 USD. The limitations of this version of Windows include: Only 3 programs can run at the same time 800x600 maximum resolution No PC-to-PC networking support No printer sharing support No multiple user accounts. ## Answers and Replies Related Computing and Technology News on Phys.org dduardo said: This has to be the funniest Microsoft news i've heard in a while: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5670541/ Microsoft is trying to counter Linux and piracy in Asia by offering a stripped down version of Windows XP for$36 USD.

The limitations of this version of Windows include:

Only 3 programs can run at the same time
800x600 maximum resolution
No PC-to-PC networking support
No printer sharing support
No multiple user accounts.
Lol, that sounds like WindowsME. :)

graphic7
Gold Member
The thought of Microsoft giving the asians such a terrible product should justify a lawsuit (joke). It's stupid of Microsoft to think they could conquer the asian market where free operating systems reign. Japan is especially fond of FreeBSD and it's native Japanese console support.

Only 3 programs can run at the same time
800x600 maximum resolution
They should proabably rethink those ideas. Who on earth would buy that sort of OS?

graphic7
Gold Member
Microsoft did accomplish one of their objectives, though: fighting software piracy. This is the first Microsoft OS in a long time that people are *not* going to want to pirate.

It would be interesting though to see if some of this version's limited features can somehow be circumvented. I seriously doubt this, however. I would theorize the developers actually *stripped* out the features. Of course, they could have been lazy and implemented these parameters without much thought.

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dduardo said:
Microsoft is trying to counter Linux and piracy in Asia by offering a stripped down version of Windows XP for \$36 USD.
I am sure that the article is a joke. Even Microsoft could not be this dumb.

36 dollars for crap ehehehe