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Anti-trust regulators in South Korea fined Microsoft a megre $32 million after ruling it had abused its dominance of the software market by using the unfair business practice of tying certain software packages to the Windows OS.

The ruling also orders Microsoft to offer an alternative Windows package in South Korea within six months similar to one ordered by European trade regulators in 2004.

Last year Microsoft was ordered to pay upwards of $586 million to settle a similar case in Europe. It was also instructed to share Windows coding information and offer a n OS version stripped of Windows Media Player and the Microsoft Instant Messaging Client. The stripped versions are required to provide links to competing software makers and are supposed to actually support those competitors.

Microsoft has now been found guilty of anti-trust practices in virtually every major market in the world. The fine of $32 million is obviously an admission that the courts have little to no power to levy a significant sanction against a company the size of Microsoft. Microsoft is, of course, appealing both the South Korean and EU rulings.

Jim Hedger is the SEO Manager of StepForth Search Engine Placement Inc. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, StepForth is the result of the consolidation of BraveArt Website Management, Promotion Experts, and Phoenix Creative Works, and has provided professional search engine placement and management services since 1997. http://www.stepforth.com/ Tel – 250-385-1190 Toll Free – 877-385-5526 Fax – 250-385-1198

South Korean Fine Sends Microsoft a Message
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Jim Hedger works with Metamend Search Engine Marketing as a SEO Consultant, lead copywriter and head blog writer. Jim has been involved in the SEO field since the days of the dinosaurs and felt he had lost a personal friend when Disney went "ol' Yeller" on Infoseek. Over the course of his career, Jim has gotten drunk with Jeeves the Butler, tossed sticks to that sock-puppet dog from Pets.com and come out of a staring contest with Googlebot confidently declaring a tie. When not traveling between conferences, Jim lives with a perpetually annoyed cat named Hypertext in the Pacific techno-outport of Victoria British Columbia. WebProNews Writer
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