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.