Samsung will cease using its own Korean-language word-processing program called JungUm Global for creating its company documents. The company said Microsoft Office Word is the most adequate word-processing program in the market for creating a "smart" working environment.
The move follows a recent business meeting between Samsung vice chairman and heir-apparent Jay Lee and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, though company spokespersons denied any connection with that meeting and the change.
The Suwon, Korea-based conglomerate began using Microsoft Word in January this year, and will use JungUm Global until the end of the year, when it will be completely dropped for the Microsoft word processor on January 1, 2015.
"Microsoft Office Word has over 90 percent of the global market share: It is the most compatible of documents for global business," said a Samsung spokesman. "It will provide a smooth working environment for global projects, thanks to its interconnectivity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint, as well."
He added that using Word will increase cooperation among employees, thanks to its ability to check text modifications of documents.
Samsung developed JungUm Global in 1992, and started using it for its own company documents in 1994. It will not make an upgraded version that supports Windows 8, and will end further development for the word-processing program.
Samsung will continue to provide customer service for clients still using JungUm Global until 2019.