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Korea Paying Price for Microsoft Monoculture

7:54 am on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Korea Paying Price for Microsoft Monoculture [koreatimes.co.kr]

The bizarre coexistence of advanced hardware and an outdated user environment is a result of the country's overreliance on the technology of Microsoft, the U.S. software giant that owns the Korean computing experience like a fat kid does a cookie jar.

It is estimated that around 99 percent of Korean computers run on Microsoft's Windows operating system, and a similar rate of Internet users rely on the company's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser to connect to cyberspace.

Critics say the country would end up paying dearly for allowing a Microsoft monoculture to take hold, with consumers deprived of the freedom to choose newer and better products and the Web industry seeing its innovation compromised.

11:51 am on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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this is news to no one in Korea... hah! sweet my bros at pumpl got mentions! gotta rag on him tonight =P

the activeX issue is known and long standing issue. not really news to anyone in the market. interesting that they decide to bring it up again. dunno if social net and outside influence is part of that but that said, the article focused mostly on security, finance and banking ...

but they missed a very significant contributor to the problem are the dominant Social Networks and portal sites here: namely, Cyworld, Sayclub, Naver, even Daum (together cover about..umm... 99.9% of the market) all have either core reliance on activeX or enough to make the sites basically a pain in the arse to use otherwise.

casual netizens to financial institutes stuck in ActiveX... yup its a problem.