Cut-Rate Windows ‘XP Starter Edition’

Last summer, in response to the success that Linux was having in the Thai marketplace, Microsoft began offering Thai citizens a Thai-localized bundle of Microsoft Windows XP Home and Office XP Standard. As part of the deal, Microsoft also stripped out some unspecified features from both products and slashed the price for the pair to 1,500 Thai Baht, or about $38 U.S. Microsoft Windows XP Home sells at retail for $225; Office XP Standard retails for $499.

It seems odd that Microsoft can offer a product like this in one location, and yet fight so hard in other locations (like the US & EU) that Windows is inseperable, and that the components cannot be stripped out.