MS to offer multilingual OS

By agencies   |   Friday, 23 September 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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SEATTLE: Microsoft has announced its plans to launch India specific multilingual Windows XP starter edition supporting nine Indian languages and English.

The announcement was made jointly by Indian IT and Communication minister Dayanidhi Maran and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. This collaboration will help India bridge digital divide.

This announcement assumes importance as this is for the first time Microsoft is offering English language interface on Windows XP starter edition anywhere in the world.

The collaboration also includes strategic areas like increasing PC penetration, accelerating IT literacy, ensuring affordable access to technology in rural areas, ushering e-governance, enabling local language computing and creating a stable IT environment.

Speaking about the partnership Maran said “ The announcements by Microsoft including the launch of a new multilingual Windows XP starter edition in India, are steps in right direction. There is an urgent need to enable affordable access to locally relevant IT applications at a broad level.”

Microsoft will also offer a special broadband and PC package at an affordable monthly instalment.

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