Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - Microsoft to Offer Budget Windows - Microsoft to Offer Budget Windows "The software maker Tuesday announced a 12-month pilot program to provide personal computers running stripped-down versions of Windows XP to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia starting in October. The company says it is in discussions to start similar programs in two other countries.
Microsoft isn't selling the software separately from the PCs, or disclosing how much it is charging computer makers. The company expects the PCs to be priced as low as $300, a Microsoft spokesman says. In the U.S., low-end home computers typically start at around $400; Windows XP Home Edition by itself typically costs about $99 for users that are upgrading to the product, or $199 for a first-time installation."

Reminder: commodity != devoid of value...
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