"Last summer, Microsoft began testing an inexpensive version of
Windows in Thailand, and on Wednesday confirmed that its official
name is now 'Windows XP Starter Edition.' The Starter Edition is
included in a cheap Windows bundle that is partly designed to
combat Linux in Thailand, say some analysts.
"Microsoft has noted that the edition will be part of a
government-sponsored program to provide more affordable personal
computing power in Thailand. It is similar to initiatives in
Malaysia, where the company has developed a stripped-down Windows
XP and Microsoft Works bundle..."