“Microsoft has threatened to withdraw its Windows software from South Korea if the country’s antitrust agency orders it to unbundle its Instant Messenger and Media Player from the operating system,” Reuters reports. “South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has been investigating allegations that the world’s top software maker breached antitrust laws by incorporating the services into Windows.”
“‘If the KFTC enters an order requiring Microsoft to remove code or redesign Windows uniquely for the Korean market, it might be necessary to withdraw Windows from the Korean market or delay offering new versions in Korea,’ Microsoft said in a U.S. regulatory filing on Thursday,” Reuters reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: If Microsoft withdraws Windows from South Korea, the rest of the world had better get ready for a serious burst of South Korean productivity – especially if they move to Apple’s Mac OS X. We might have to book a one-way ticket to South Korea!