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August 22, 2006

Korean Windows versions to be unveiled on Thursday

Posted by David Hunter at 11:02 AM ET.

The Korea Times:

The South Korean unit of U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it will unveil two Korean only versions of Windows this week that will unbundle its media player and messaging service from the software to comply with an antitrust ruling.

“We will supply the two separate versions of Windows to personal computer manufacturers on Aug. 24,” said Kwon Chan, a spokesman at Microsoft Korea Inc.

South Korean consumers are expected to use the new versions of Windows software in late October. Starting February next year, all personal computers sold in South Korea should be equipped with only the two new versions, local media reported.

You may recall that this was required by an antitrust judgement against Microsoft in Korea and Microsoft’s request for a stay was not granted.

Update 8/23: Some more details:

Microsoft will now offer two versions of both the Home and Professional editions of Windows XP for the Korean market, said Microsoft spokesman Oliver Roll.

A “K” version includes the Windows Messenger and Windows Media Player software, along with links to Web sites of companies that offer competing products. A version dubbed “KN” will come without the Messenger and Media Player applications, Roll said.



Filed under Antitrust, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, Microsoft

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One Response to “Korean Windows versions to be unveiled on Thursday”

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    [...] As for Korea, the details weren’t crisp other than that Microsoft will apparently provide special Korean Vista versions without a bundled media player or instant messaging client as they had done for Windows XP. Same story as the EU on the implications. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Coopetition, Legal, Governmental Relations, General Business, Antitrust, Adobe, Symantec, McAfee, Microsoft [...]

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