Microsoft Threatens To Take Its Korean Windows And Go Home
from the you-say-monopoly,-fine,-we'll-show-you-monopoly dept
It sounds like Microsoft is beginning to get a bit sick of all of these anti-trust investigations around the world. Now there’s one going on Korea that sounds pretty similar to the recent one in Europe that forced Microsoft to “unbundle” Windows Media Player in a package that no one will buy. However, in Korea, Microsoft is taking a different strategy. They’re threatening to take their ball and go home. They’ve said that if South Korean officials find that Microsoft has violated anti-trust rules, they may just remove Windows from the market there, or at least delay new versions. The statement is written in a financial disclosure form, and is more designed to let people know how this might impact Microsoft’s business. However, it seems quite likely that it’s also there as something of a threat directed at Korea. Sort of like: “Fine, go ahead and punish us, but you might have to go find a new operating system.” Of course, if you were a Korean official, it might be pretty tempting to call that bluff. It’s unlikely that Microsoft really would pull Windows — and if they did, and folks in Korea found viable alternatives that would look even worse for Microsoft.