SOUTH KOREA BANS WINDOWS 95 FROM GOVERNMENT COMPUTER USE

SOUTH KOREA BANS WINDOWS 95 FROM GOVERNMENT COMPUTER USE

South Korea has banned the use of Windows 95, Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, in all government computers pending an investigation into antitrust violations and other charges.

The Information and Communications Ministry said Thursday it is investigating complaints that the latest update of Windows may cause leaks in critical government data and help expedite cultural invasions.Spokesmen for Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft did not immediately return a call for comment.

Seoul also will investigate complaints from domestic online service companies that Windows 95 is violating South Korea's fair trade laws, it said.

Windows 95 includes software that allows buyers to access Microsoft's new worldwide online service, Microsoft Network.

"Windows 95 leaves the buyer with no choice (but to use Microsoft Network service)," said Paek Dong-han of Chollian, the nation's largest personal computer link run by the Dacom telephone company.

Windows 95 went on sale here late last month.