M$ threatens to withdraw Windows in S.Korea
Microsoft Corp. 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.
"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.
A ruling could come as soon as Wednesday, a KFTC spokesman said. "No matter what Microsoft does, we will proceed with our deliberation and discuss it again at a plenary session on Wednesday," Lee Tae-hwi said by telephone. "There is no change in our stance to fight unfair business practices."