As seen on Slashdot, Microsoft has recently started selling “Windows XP Starter Edition” in far-eastern countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. One of the larger limitations is that you can only run three applications at any one time. In a breathtaking example of positive spin, Microsoft say that this limit “helps [users] stay organised and reduces confusion.”
I predict a resurgence in the popularity of the kitchen-sink Mozilla Suite and various associated extensions :-) That is, of course, assuming that the removal of half the networking capabilities doesn’t stop it from working altogether. How’s our Thai support? (Oops. Not good.)
Ironically, Gartner think that this move will frustrate users (well, duh!) and increase piracy.