Microsoft responds to South Korea

Microsoft on Friday responded to a written report filed by the South Korea Fair Trade Commission (FTC) that outlines the agency's December 2005 decision to fine the company and order it to offer two different versions of Windows in South Korea.

The FTC's decision, made last December, is not supported by facts and if it is allowed to stand it will have "a negative effect on Korean consumers and Korean innovation," Microsoft said.

Microsoft is appealing the FTC's ruling, in which the agency fined Microsoft 33 billion won ($32 million) and ordered the company to offer a version of Windows without Windows Media Player and Microsoft's instant messaging software. The company also must include links to Web sites that allow consumers to download media player and messaging software from competitors in the version of Windows that includes the software.

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