"'Price-slashing' by monopolistic proprietary software companies
masks the high costs customers still unwittingly pay. And when this
false economy is endorsed by governments and industry leaders, the
digital divide can only widen.
"The Microsoft XP Starter Edition is a drastically abridged
version of the Windows productivity suite. This slimmed-down,
local-language product, which is to be sold with new systems in
India and other developing countries, is expected to cost less than
half of today's basic Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition..."