The software maker hadto release its Windows XP Starter Edition there by the end of this month, but is now shooting for a June release.
"Microsoft, like any organization, sets internal target dates for all projects to give direction to the development teams," Microsoft said in a statement. "However, they are only target dates and product quality always takes precedence over timing."
In a September press release, Microsoft had said it would release the product in "early 2005."
India is the fifth country Microsoft has targeted for the scaled-back Windows pilot program. The company has announced, and is in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Windows XP Starter Edition is offered only with new PCs in local languages and is not sold separately in stores. There are also limits not found in other versions of Windows XP, such as the fact that users can only run three programs at once.
Microsoft has been working to find a way to tackle theand presented by emerging markets, particularly those where piracy is common.