News; The Microsoft monopoly
For Microsoft, it accused monopoly always everywhere heart uncomfortable. This is not, and in the recent South Korea antitrust ruling, the Microsoft nasty. "Microsoft threatened to withdraw South Korea Windows protest antitrust ruling", it is reported, Microsoft said yesterday, if South Korea antitrust authority to make a decision, requires Microsoft instant communication tool and will be a media player from Windows operating systems removed, Microsoft could withdraw from the Korean market or delay Windows issue the new operating system. It shows that the??????? Of course is Microsoft's dominance, suffered in the European Union, to Asian also hit, Microsoft refused. However, the will of the deeper is Microsoft were afraid, afraid that if in South Korea's antitrust ruling was after the market in Asia as a whole the passive, if Asian countries and the 'attack, Microsoft and way of living? So Microsoft to appear tough side.
However, South Korea people can ignore this. South Korea fair trade commission spokesman said, "no matter what Microsoft action, we will continue to investigate the related, we will be held next week on three plenary meeting to discuss this issue again to fight, not just market behavior our position haven't changed a bit." South Korea fair trade commission (KFTC) think Microsoft Windows operating system bundling selling MSN instant messaging and media player has violated antitrust law of tools, so since 2001 in Korea to Microsoft anti-monopoly market behavior is an investigation. In 2004, RealNetworks bound for Windows media player of the same behavior filed a lawsuit, the fair trade commission in South Korea also looking to expand the scope of investigation of Microsoft. And a few days ago, Microsoft and RealNetworks reach a final settlement agreement, Microsoft offer the cash and a total investment of $761 million at the pile and continued for two years of the case.
In fact, for MSN, domestic tencent also expressed worry, MaHuaTeng also once called for, but to little effect. Here are a few factors exist. First, in the domestic market of IM, QQ monolith, touches the interests is only QQ, and other IM although there are some touches, but because they itself in this field not share, and not their own "assets life", nature also chose to joy. Secondly, although MaHuaTeng bound to the MSN expressed some concerns, but due to the present in the domestic market of QQ IM too large on, even if the MSN and yahoo messenger of cooperation between the river's lake also can't shake position, therefore, called for is only called for, and no further action, so in the MSN bound, believe that Microsoft can also in China continue, inside short time won't have much influence. As for the bondage of the media player, but also the care needed, although have a super XieBa, domestic JinShanYing bully, such as east cinema, but because our media player is not very valued, and all kinds of third party software on the network can download everywhere, so Microsoft own media player has bound in the fall.
Microsoft said: "if the fair trade commission in South Korea's decision to remove part of the code requires Microsoft Windows or specifically for the Korean market to design products, we will consider Windows from South Korea withdraw from the market, the necessity of Windows or extension of the new operating system provides." In fact, Microsoft care so much about how this time in South Korea's antitrust ruling to the Asian market. After all, Microsoft in Europe market has suffered from "criticism". It is reported, in the European Union for the United States to the software giant Microsoft's new anti-monopoly charges, the European Union will likely launch of a new round of against Microsoft antitrust investigation. In the last year, Microsoft has been the European Union an ultimatum: must change the European market as soon as possible in the software sales model. But Microsoft was not fully implementing the resolution of the European Union, they choose to appeal. Although the eu is not a new round of prosecution of Microsoft's plan, but "although the eu has not sued Microsoft's new plan, but the eu has made up his mind to do with any means, that Microsoft according to in March 2004 the European Union to Microsoft antitrust resolution to do, especially the European Union in the resolution to Microsoft puts forward remedy."
Last year, because the antitrust investigation, Microsoft paid to the European Union a fine of 497 million euros ($), and in many fields inside the European Union made concessions. But nearly a year and a half of the time, and the European Union antitrust sanctions against Microsoft in the haze shrouded in all the head of Microsoft. Now in the Asian market, also appeared in Microsoft antitrust investigation, how can JiHuo gave Microsoft? Relative to South Korea, in fact we national anti-monopoly of Microsoft survey whether can also put on the agenda? When we are again anti-dumping investigation of time, can't we will not exercise their rights? Perhaps Microsoft survey of South Korea can give us a very good enlightenment.