Accusations are nothing new to Microsoft -- they continue to battle various groups in Europe and Asia for various antitrust violations. That is nothing new. What is new is that South Korea continues investigating, and Microsoft replied with a threat. "It might be necessary to withdraw Windows from the Korean market, or delay offering new versions in Korea" Microsoft said in a U.S. regulatory filing.
WOW! Microsoft actually leaving a market instead of correcting it's code and policies to conform with fair trade practices, and IT common sense. It is no secret that Microsoft wants a Windows & IE world out there, and that the competition can falter and fall apart. That is the goal of business. But there are also reasons for cross-platform functionality, along with different browsers performing the same functions.
For example, let's say I have a Microsoft server installed with some some Windows and some Macs on it. Why can't I use Safari to manage Windows Server Update Services? Why does Microsoft insist on a single web browser (IE) to do something as simple as clicking on a few buttons, and maintaining the server? Novell's concept works just fine on my Mac. So does webmin on Linux.
Then again, Microsoft cannot handle an RSS feed either.
So, let's say that Microsoft decides to abandon Korea. Granted, I doubt they would be able to order everyone with present-day installations to go out there and format their drives, as the software is already paid for. But then, there will be a number of abandoned .doc, .xls, .ppt files out there.
I think Massachusetts has it right -- an open document format for government users so that if a vendor (Microsoft) ever decideds to whine and leave, that the hard work invested within documents are not lost. I realize that I am nobody, but I encourage South Korea to call Microsoft's bluff, and actually have them leave! What news that would make. And think of the liberation from all the virus / spyware problems out there that plagues this platform too!
There is life after Microsoft. Many have found it. Have you?