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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Failure Analysis
The stakes are very high for Microsoft with Windows 8.1, the company's latest attempt to merge traditional desktop functionality with the mobile features of smartphones and tablets. While it's certainly too early to say whether Microsoft's latest operating system is a hit or a flop, it's pretty easy to see that the consequences of Windows 8.1 failing would be very dire for Microsoft. ZDNet's Ed Bott has written a sharp analysis outlining the very delicate balance Microsoft is trying to weave between keeping its traditional desktop users happy and making its operating system relevant in the mobile world.


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