Microsoft to release a cheaper Windows in Asia.
In places like Thailand and Malaysia where buying a pirated copy of Windows XP for $1 is a common practice, you would think this would encourage people to buy a real version for a few more bucks. But here come the catches:
Microsoft’s new software – dubbed “XP Lite” – will feature lower resolution graphics and limited options for networking computers together.
It will also limit users to running three programs concurrently – a far cry from the full version of XP, where the only practical limit comes from the speed of the computer and the size of its memory.
Now let’s put ourselves in the shoes of some Thai, Malay, or Indonesian person: would we rather pay $50 (wild estimate) for a really crippled Windows XP, or get the full deal, albeit pirated, for $1?
(Or better, save the $1 to buy a blank CD and get Linux instead?)