“Microsoft this week announced that it’s expanding its Windows XP Starter Edition pilot program into Russia. The company said that it hopes to get the software to PC OEMs in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States by early 2005.
In early August, Microsoft had confirmed that it had created a version of Windows XP that would have limited distribution in several countries that it calls “developing technology markets.” The pilot program debuted in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The company plans to name a fifth country in the coming weeks. Gartner principal analyst Annette Jump guesses that the next version will target India, China or Brazil. Each is a major PC market with a high level of piracy, she notes.”