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Friday, 5 October, 2001, 06:40 GMT 07:40 UK
Korean firms seek ban on Windows XP
Windows XP is due for widespread distribution by 25 October
Windows XP: due for sale on 25 October
Korea's biggest internet portal is seeking an injunction to ban the sale of Microsoft's new Windows XP operating system in South Korea.

Daum Communications said it has filed a complaint with the Seoul District Court to block the sale of Windows XP, arguing that it will stifle its own internet messaging product.

Windows XP is due for a global launch on October 25, in time for the Christmas sales season.

The new software revamps Microsoft's windows operating system, and is set to become the firm's bridgehead for its new net-based services.

Innovation and privacy

By bundling so many features into Windows XP, Microsoft will "strip domestic consumers of their chance to select the services they want" and amounts to an unfair business practice, said Daum.

The court filing from Daum, which has 20% of South Korea's market for instant messaging, highlighted Microsoft's decision to package a similar service as part of Windows XP.

Consumers privacy could also be breached by the amount of information Microsoft demands during installation of the software, Daum added.

Bill Gates visit

Daum said it is part of an alliance of 18 companies, who will meet early next week to discuss their next step.

Bill Gates with Windows 2000, AP
Windows XP follows Windows 2000
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is due to visit South Korea on October 16 on his way to the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) body in Shanghai.

The development of Windows XP has been rocked by a series of controversial components as well as the ongoing antitrust trial with the US government.

The court filing is Daum's second action against Windows XP. It filed a complaint to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (FTC) in September 2001.

Microsoft said it is witholding comment until either the commission or the court responds, though it would be willing to talk to Daum.

"We don't feel the need to officially respond unless the court or the FTC makes a decision", a Microsoft spokeswoman said.

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