Back when the antitrust complaint was first filed, our Open the Web guy David Storey commented that "Korea is a perfect example of a country that almost solely designs for IE bugs and Active-X". …
In an earlier post, he also talks about the sad state of the Web in Korea:
Korea is a quite unique market in that they have very advanced devices and one of the highest take up rates of broadband internet access in the world, yet Internet Explorer has a huge market share in Korea, so almost every site I've tested is designed and tested for IE and Windows only, without use of web standards. This causes big problems for every other browser and platform, including Firefox, Safari and ourselves.
In other words, Korea is a scary example of how Microsoft's vision would have played out if there was no one around to hold them back.
For those who think this is of no real harm, consider that Korea is one of the most developed countries in the world when it comes to network infrastructure. It's a very important mobile market! But Microsoft's stranglehold on the desktop side means that they also get to muscle in onto the mobile market.
Once again, Microsoft has abused its position in the desktop market to prevent competition in another market. What good is a mobile browser if it doesn't work on any sites because they all rely on proprietary Microsoft technologies?
So if you thought that Microsoft has stopped using dirty tactics, think again. Given the chance, as they were in Korea, they will apparently happily continue their "embrace, extend and extinguish" strategy.
Microsoft's marketing machinery tries to paint a picture of a reformed company, but their actions now and in the future will speak for themselves. Considering the situation in Korea, one can not help but remain suspicious.
The situation in Korea shows what happens if one does not put real force behind one's demands towards Microsoft.