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How is it a publicity stunt? The only reason MS are selling this is because they were forced into it.
I'm sure they have their fingers crossed that it isn't a success.
It was never about price it was about stopping MS anti competitive practices, hence the removal of media player.
As we all know this was too little too late. The only force that might become powerful enough to topple them now is open source but that isn't going to happen until the leadership/influence comes from someone who understands people not computers. Remember computers are sold to people not the other way around.
You are talking about a different product here. This starter edition is supposed to be a cheaper version for countries where people cannot afford the full version. The other product you are talking about is the one without media player as part of government sanctions.