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Korean lovers of Microsoft's operating systems may soon have to without the software, according to the code giant. Microsoft has confessed that Windows might be pulled from the Korean market due to ongoing actions by the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC).

In one of the many global looks at Microsoft's competitive practices, the KFTC has been investigating Microsoft's practice of building media and instant messaging software into its operating systems. The government body has conducted a number of hearings into the matter and could require Microsoft to offer a version of Windows without media or messaging software. Such a move would force Microsoft to take drastic action, the company said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

"If the KFTC enters an order requiring Microsoft to remove code or redesign Windows uniquely for the Korean market, it might be necessary to withdraw Windows from the Korean market or delay offering new versions in Korea unless the remedial order is stayed or overturned on appeal," Microsoft said.

Such situations are nothing new to Microsoft. The company surely has a game plan for dealing with these pesky government entities. Bundle, bundle, bundle. Pause. Hint that being mean to Microsoft could bring country X's desktop and server software industry to a halt. Rinse, repeat. ®

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