Windows XP: The featured article over at Wikipedia today was on Windows XP, and it included this bit explaining what limitations are contained in Windows XP Starter Edition — the Windows version for developing countries (launched in India two days ago).
[…] display resolution can only be up to 800 x 600 pixels, only three applications may be run at the same time, any application may have no more than three windows open, PC-to-PC home networking and printer sharing is not available and only a single user account is allowed.
Um, sounds sucky. But here’s the rationale for it.
It is seen as an effort to fight unauthorized copying of Windows XP, and also to counter the spread of the open-source Linux operating system which has been gaining popularity in Asia and South America.