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Windows XP Starter Edition

January 27th, 2005 · No Comments

Paul Thurrott has some good words for Win XP SE: “Speaking with [the Group Product Manager for Windows XP Starter Edition Mike] Wickstrand, Wickstrand, and to a lesser extent actually using the system, provided me with a much clearer perspective about Windows XP Starter Edition, which is not the crippled dog that critics have described it as. Indeed, Wickstrand’s story about the XP Starter Edition team and its dedication to actually meeting the needs of real users in disadvantaged parts of the world is quite inspiring. Far from its reported destitution, XP Starter Edition is, in fact, a triumph of cooperative product design, one that simultaneously meets the needs of users, governments, PC makers, and Microsoft itself. In my book, that’s a win-win. As for the future of XP Starter Edition, I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the pilot program performs. But from this point in time, with the pilot program just two-fifths of the way through a multi-month rollout, Windows XP Starter Edition looks like it has a bright future. It’s just too bad that the ivory tower critics can’t see beyond their own insular worlds to understand that truth.”

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