By Quintin Smith
$425 laptop features 30GB hard drive, Windows XP Home and broadband compatibility
In a bid to strengthen its position in India, Microsoft has today announced a new strategic partnership with HCL Infosystems and three joint projects.
Together the companies plan to launch a new budget laptop, train and certify 50,000 new students on the Microsoft Official Curriculum, and establish a new Centre of Excellence in the country to create and deploy Microsoft solutions.
The new MiLeap H series laptop will sell for 17,000 Indian rupees, or $425, making it the world’s cheapest Windows notebook. Specifics are thin on the ground at the moment, but it’s confirmed that the H series will feature a 30GB hard disc drive and will be broadband ready.
Almost all similarly priced laptops opt for a Linux-based operating system, allowing them to reduce their selling price further.
Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India, said: “All three initiatives announced today are very significant to our continual efforts at partnering the Indian industry in its quest for success by leveraging the power of IT and enabling the uptake of IT across India“.
Meanwhile, Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman & CEO of HCL Infosystems said: “Both HCL and Microsoft are key players in the Indian market, and this alliance has brought value to the Indian customer with over three decades of innovation, passion and defining of markets. I am sure that this alliance will further enable overall development in our country with IT as the key enabler.”