18 Korean firms vow to stop Windows XP release

By : |September 27, 2001 0

SEOUL: South Korea’s largest Internet portal Daum Communications and 17 other
software companies vowed on Thursday to take joint action against Microsoft’s
planned release of Windows XP. Windows XP, the latest version of Microsoft’s
flagship product, is scheduled for widespread retail release on October 25.

"We are expressing deep concerns about Microsoft’s attempt to disrupt
the market by selling Windows XP bundled with a variety of application
software," the companies said in a joint statement. "We officially
demand it immediately stop such efforts." A Daum Communications spokeswoman
said it had not yet sent an official letter to Microsoft Korea, but was figuring
out what its next move should be.

Early this month, Daum filed a complaint against Microsoft over the US
software giant’s planned release of its new operating system Windows XP. In the
complaint with the Korea Fair Trade Commission, Daum said Microsoft’s bundling
of a variety of application software – including instant messaging, Internet
phone service and digital pictures – to Windows XP constitutes an unfair
business practice.

Daum, which controls 20 per cent of Korea’s instant messaging market, had
also threatened to take the case to court to seek an injunction against the sale
of Windows XP in Korea. In the United States, Microsoft is facing calls for the
courts to block its upcoming Windows XP operating system because of competition

Some Microsoft opponents say Windows XP should be stopped, arguing that by
including new applications, the company is continuing the same tactics that
sparked an antitrust suit against it by the US Justice Department and 18 states.
A US court is set to consider what sanctions should apply against Microsoft for
abusing its monopoly in PC operating systems.

(C) Reuters Limited 2001.

No Comments so fars

Jump into a conversation

No Comments Yet!

You can be the one to start a conversation.