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    Retailers Report Slow Windows 8 Sales

    The new Microsoft Surface tablet  on display following  a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8  and the tablet in New York on October 25, 2012.  Microsoft took a big step into mobile Thursday, unveiling a revamped version of its flagship Windows system and a offering a closer look at Surface, its entry into the hot tablet market. The new Windows 8 operating system and tablet to go on sale Friday mark a new offensive for the US tech giant seeking to keep pace with Apple and Google amid a dramatic shift away from PCs to mobile devices. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Americans just aren’t doing Windows like they used to, and that’s bad new for Microsoft. The high-profile launch of Windows 8, Microsoft’s new operating system, isn’t giving the traditional boost to personal computer sales. From late October through early December, sales of Windows PCs were off 13 percent from the year before, according to research firm NPD. And all the momentum seems to be in tablets and smart phones. Emmanuel Fromont, president of the world’s No. 4 PC maker, said the lower sales could be due to the new, unfamiliar design, which may be making consumers “cautious.”

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