XP-Lite has revealed its latest location - the Philippines.

The cutdown, local language version of Windows that Microsoft hopes will prevent Linux from seizing control of developing country markets, will be released on the islands this year.

"The project will be launched anytime within the year or just as soon as we get approval from company headquarters," said Antonio Javier, managing director of Microsoft Philippines. "Even if we do want to lower the prices here in the Philippines to support more users, we can't, otherwise people from other countries would just buy the product here. That's the reason why we have set a standard price for Windows around the globe," Javier added. The localised version will only be allowed to be used within the Philippines.

President Gloria Arroyo ws on board with the project, announced at the same time as his visit to Microsoft Philippines' 10th anniversary celebration. "I would like to thank Microsoft Philippines for taking the initiative to lower the cost of their products, particularly the Philippine version of the widely popular Microsoft Windows operating system," Arroyo said in her speech.

Earlier this year, Microsoft commissioned a third-party software developer to build a Filipino glossary of computer terms with the help of Virgilio Almario, national artist and poet and dean of the college of Arts and Letter at UP Diliman, who will translate computer terminologies into Tagalog.

However, unlike the previous XP-Lites (officially called "Starter Edition") that Microsoft has introduced in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and India, the Filipino version will apparently be a full and complete variant of Windows.

Javier said he expected the Philippine version of Windows to provide all the usual networking features - normally pulled out in XP-Lite. It is also expected to be compatible with Microsoft applications such as the English version of MS Office.

The Starter Edition provided in most countries is not sold separately but is bundled with low-cost PCs that are integrated with Intel Celeron or AMD Duron processors. It limits the users to running only three programs at a time.

Javier has refused to disclose the actual retail value of the localised version, but promised it would have a retail price lower than the present cost and will be targeted primarily to consumers.