Antitrust NewsWatch: Microsoft fined $31.9 M for South Korean antitrust violation; contemplates market exit | Hearsay.com

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Microsoft fined $31.9 M for South Korean antitrust violation; contemplates market exit | Hearsay.com

After an unfavorable ruling by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) on December 7, Microsoft is now appealing the verdict and contemplating whether it should follow through on a November threat to exit the South Korean operating system market. Microsoft Korea and the FTC have said that possibility is unlikely. The ruling orders Microsoft to (1) offer two versions of Windows - one with Windows Media Player and Instant Messenger software removed and the other including links to downloads of competitor offerings; (2) send CDs to customers that allows them to replace Media Player and Instant Messenger; (3) unbundle Windows Media Service from the Windows Server operating system; and (4) pay a fine of 33 Billion won ($32 million).
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