Microsoft will release new versions of its Windows
operating system in South Korea on Thursday to comply with an anti-trust ruling, a company source said on Wednesday.
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission fined Microsoft 32.5 billion won ($34 million)
in December, saying the world's biggest software company breached anti-trust laws
by selling a version of Windows that incorporated its media player and instant
The commission ordered Microsoft to unbundle its media player and messaging
service from Windows software or allow the embedding of rival products in its
A Seoul court rejected last month Microsoft's request to suspend the ruling.
Microsoft will release two versions each of Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP
Professional Edition. One version has removed Windows Media
Player and Windows Messenger, while the other includes a link to a Web page where
users can download all rival instant messaging programs.
Microsoft has said its bundled version has benefited consumers and the local
technology industry and has not blocked competition because South Koreans can
already download and use competitors' software.