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Korean government warns against Vista upgrade

Active X problems
Wed Jan 24 2007, 09:24
THREE SOUTH Korean government bodies have warned punters not to upgrade to Microsoft Vista.

The Ministry of Information and Communication, the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, and the Financial Supervisory Service is expecting confusion if too many Koreans upgrade to Vista.

According to, most Korean Internet sites use Active X which Vista doesn't work very well with.

This means that banking, stock trading, and shopping sites will not work and Vista users will also experience problems with government sites in applying for and printing documents and certificates.

Vole had been working with online service providers to fix the problem, but had been too slow. Now it seems that the online service the Kwangju Bank, CitiBank, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank, Hana Bank, the National Agricultural Cooperatives Federation, and the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives will not work. NHN, a major Korean portal, said that its online payment system will not handle Vista until the end of the month.

Melon, SK Telecom's music downloading service, says it will not be Vista ready until March.

The Ministry of Information and Communication said that it wished it could tell a private company like Microsoft to postpone the release of Vista, but it can't. The best thing, an official said, was not to install Vista before you know what you're getting into. µ


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