Microsoft threatens to boost South Korean productivity by withdrawing Windows

“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!


  1. I suspect that China is very interested in this threat to one of its neigbours. Expect yet further movement out east on open source or Asian source technologies.

    As we all really knew Microsoft will always try to get away with whatever it likes against those it thinks it can bully while its figurehead pursues the Mr Smiley Cuddly Bear act around the world giving money like he’s the reincarnation of Ghandi to good causes. Trouble is its money his company has extorted from the rest of us. well it may be Korea today but you can bet it will be Europe and even home town America in the future if this rabid company is allowed to expand on its present course. Nice to know that we may have to look towards that other figurehead of freedom and democracy China to thwart those aims, unless this megalith implodes in on itself first of course.

  2. Now that I think about it, this sounds almost illigal! Change the MS comment a bit and you could get(in a gangster voice): ”If You don’t pay up all the one mill, we might have to do go test our new guns, if you know what I mean.”

  3. What would they think about the plethora of software that comes bundled with OS X?
    Messenger and WMP are both easily removable, quite the opposite of IE, so what’s the big deal? People can remove those components, or install alternative apps with very little effort. I hate M$ as much as any self respecting Mac user, but I don’t see what the big deal about those two components are.
    Why aren’t they threatening M$ to either make their OS more secure or be subject to fines to repay the national losses accrued by having to maintain it?

  4. Man, what a threat… I quaking in my mother’s combat boots! Microsoft acts more like a spoiled brat day by day. And the arrogance behind the threat, like South Korea would really be hurting if Microsoft took Windows away from their market?!

  5. Maybe M$ is afraid they can’t do what KFTC wants (at least without slipping Longhorn, er, Vista another year or so). ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cheese” style=”border:0;” />

    KFTC… is that like short of Kentucky Fried Tuna and Chicken?

    MW: ever, as in M$ is ever the gangster company.

  6. Not sure what all the fuss is about here, other than its another chance for a load of juvenile readers to snigger and sneer about Microsoft to each other. Microsoft has every right to sell, or not sell, its products where it likes. Just like Apple does. Noone here seems remotely interested in Apple’s regional sales policies. I can only imagine the reaction here if South Korea told Apple to unbundle iChat, iTunes, Quicktime and DVDPlayer from the OS or face prosecution. You’d all be having tantrums and demanding Apple withdraw from the country immediately. Bunch of hypocrits, really.

  7. RL, the problem is not with bundling sw, it is with bundling sw that cannot be removed and prevents competitors to take easily their place in the consumer PC.

    South Korea, or others, does not need to ask Apple to remove iChat, or else: you can just go ahead and delete them yourself and use other competitors applications without having a crippled computer. Can’t do that on Windows. You HAVE to use MS stuff or your computer is worthless and not working anymore correctly.


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