"Starter Edition is a departure for Microsoft, a company that
has historically resisted the notion of purposefully paring back
the capabilities of its flagship operating system. The company says
Starter Edition is an effort to expand the reach of computing, not
an attempt to respond directly to the open-source Linux operating
system, or the effects of software piracy.
"But industry analysts say it would be difficult not to factor
both of those realities into the equation in most of the countries