Windows XP in NRs 210 soonA Recent Announcement made by well-known philanthropist Mr. Bill Gates indicates, later this Year, Windows XP and all other Microsoft Office applications will be available for just as low as Rs 210(mere $3). This plan is targeted for students and developing countries like Ours. The Windows XP and other softwares will be of stripped down version. In a question for the availability of Windows Vista for price as low as $3, Orlando Ayala, Microsoft's senior vice doubted if it is going to run properly on low end machines of general public. So, for the time being, Windows Vista Starter Edition won't be available.
People steal because they can't afford the price to buy the product. Now, country like ours where people couldn't offer to pay for legal softwares, this step of Microsoft would definitely cut down the piracy as well as inclination towards Open Source projects too. Since, Windows XP and other Office app will be available at such a low price, who would buy pirated crack version or who would get themselve into trouble installing/tweaking indivitual settings of Opensource programs. It is the exorbitant price of Windows software, which led many people to use pirated softwares. If i get Legal Windows XP at Rs 210 rather than Rs 17000, who'd consider thinking other way.
The main motto behind this, is to double the number of computers users in the world by 2015. May the initiative of the software giant, Microsoft, be fulfilled and in return the people of developing country could take these benefits.