Korean regulators search Microsoft offices
Reviews Top Categories Phones Laptops TVs Tablets Cameras Appliances Car Tech Audio Desktops Software Headphones Printers Networking Wearable Tech Deals
How To Top Categories Computers Home Entertainment Internet Phones Photography Security Tablets ForumsLog In to CNET Join Related Stories Microsoft appeals EU antitrust ruling June 8, 2004 Microsoft: No easy mark April 15, 2004 Europe plays hardball with Microsoft March 24, 2004
Korean trade regulators on Thursday searched the offices of Microsoft’s Korean subsidiary as part of a years long probe into the company’s business practices.
The Korean Fair Trade Commission has been investigating whether Microsoft violated antitrust laws by tying its messaging software into its dominant Windows operating system, according to a source familiar with the inquiry. In 2001, Korean messaging rival Daum Communications sparked the investigation by complaining that Microsoft was using its monopoly position to freeze out competitors.
In April of this year, Daum filed a private antitrust suit against Microsoft seeking 10 billion won ($8.6 million).
The investigation comes just as Microsoft has a Burberry Handbags ppealed a European Commission ruling that the company abused its monopoly and should be fined and its business practices changed. Earlier this year, Japanese trade officials raided Microsoft offices there, though Microsoft said that probe centered on language in its contracts with computer makers that have since been altered to satisfy critics.
Microsoft confirmed the search an Burberry Handbags d said it is cooperating with Korean investigators.
“On June 10 representatives of the Korean FTC visited Microsoft to collect informat Burberry Handbags ion,” said Microsoft spokeswoman Stacy Drake. “Microsoft legal representatives met with investigators and instructed Microsoft employees to cooperate with the FTC.”
Regulators are expected to stay at the company’s offices through early next week.
Drake said Microsoft believes it has acted lawfully. “We are committed to upholding the laws of Korea and every country in which we operate.”
Remember when software developers competed fairly and set fair prices?
Just think about this for a second:
If every car manufacturer installed a certain brand of air bags in cars, would there be any competition in the market for air bags? No. One company makes them no other company can try because theres no one to buy them.
Going back to your browser comment. Yes you had to pay for them because no one had released a free one yet and competition hadnt really started so prices were still coming down. Microsoft immediately upon the release of the first free web browser started bundling theirs with windows. No one needed a web browser anymore because they already had one. Microsoft killed an entire market.
Thats the pattern thats been repeated throughout Microsofts Burberry Handbags history. They destroy every market they touch.
A company with as much influence over the IT economy should not be allowed to abuse it to the extent Microsoft has. The Bell companies were broken up to promote competition and innovation. This is no different.