Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft’s Implementation of the Korean Fair Trade Commission Order

Published: August 24, 2006

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page provides information about Microsoft's implementation of the Korean Fair Trade Commission Order.

What are the "K" and "KN" versions of Windows? How are they different from Windows?

In compliance with the Korean Fair Trade Commission Order, Microsoft produces for distribution in the Republic of Korea unique versions of Microsoft Windows. Those versions containing “KN” in the name do not include Windows Media Player or Windows Messenger. Note that computer manufacturers may pre-install third-party media players or instant messaging software on computers running Windows KN. Korean consumers may also separately install media players or instant messengers, either from Microsoft or a third party. Those versions containing “K” in the name include links to Web sites containing links to software downloads to third-party media player and instant messaging software and will also be available to Korean consumers.

What are the "KN" versions of Windows Server 2003, R2, Standard Enterprise Editions? How are they different from Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard and Enterprise Editions?

In compliance with the Korean Fair Trade Commission Order, Microsoft produces for distribution in the Republic of Korea unique versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition, and Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition (32-bit). These versions do not include Windows Media Services. The “KN” versions of Windows Server 2003 are named Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition KN (32-bit), and Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition KN (32-bit). Note that computer manufacturers may pre-install third-party media server software on computers running these new versions of Windows Server 2003. Korean consumers may also separately install media server software, either from Microsoft or a third party. Consistent with our agreement with the Commission, we have made these versions of Windows Server available to computer manufacturers with whom Microsoft has direct relationships, system builders (small computer manufacturers), and volume licensing customers such as corporations. The regular versions of Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition, and Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition, will continue to include Windows Media Services but will not be available to Korean consumers.

How does Microsoft make these "K" and "KN" versions available to the public?

We make these “K” and “KN” versions of Windows and Windows Server 2003 available through our standard distribution channels, including computer manufacturers.

How does Microsoft price the "K" and "KN" versions of Windows and Windows Server 2003?

The “K” and “KN” versions are priced the same as Windows and Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard and Enterprise Editions. Specific pricing for these products is available from retailers.

Are there "KN" versions for subsequent releases of Windows Server?

No. Microsoft removed Windows Media Services from Windows Server worldwide, beginning with the release of Windows Server 2008. Subsequent versions of Windows Server do not include Windows Media Services. Windows Media Services is available to computer manufacturers, system builders, volume licensing customers, and the public through separate download.

For More Information

Microsoft's implementation of this remedy is subject to review by the Korean Fair Trade Commission. To the extent that there are any changes, Microsoft will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.