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Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo is reporting that Microsoft is attempting to introduce a one year licence scheme where users can get Word 2000 at 10,000 won ($8). The paper claims that this is a move by Microsoft to capture the Korean wordprocessing market, which is currently owned by local software Hangul 815. Further, Microsoft will then provide Office 2000 at a higher price, the newspaper claims. According to the report, the one year licence for $8 is set to impact local Korean development seriously. Microsoft has no competitors on database and spreadsheet software in South Korea. Microsoft is already under investigation by the Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC). For more information, see Kbench. ®

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