March 2, 2004

Microsoft Readies Another Cut-Rate Windows Bundle

This time the Redmond software company is offering Malaysian users a Windows XP-Microsoft Works combination to head Linux off at the pass.

Right after dropping hints that it is readying new initiatives to combat the growth and popularity of open-source software overseas, Microsoft
acknowledged Tuesday that it is offering a low-priced Windows bundle to Malaysian users.

A company spokesman said Microsoft had just announced an agreement with Malaysia to offer a localized bundle of XP Home and the Microsoft Works suite
for low-cost PCs. The deal falls under the auspices of the Malaysian government's PC Gemilang Project. Malaysian citizens can place their orders
between March and April through 200 retailers around the country, the spokesman added.



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