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Microsoft hedges its bets

As discussion of breakup hovers around the software giant, chairman Bill Gates promotes his company's latest PC operating systems as well as a new unit focused on the growing appliance market.

     

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    As discussion of breakup hovers around the software giant, chairman Bill Gates promotes his company's latest PC operating systems as well as a new unit focused on the growing appliance market.

    "We didn't have a clear-cut strategy. This is more about the device than it is about the OS."

    - Kim Akers, Microsoft appliance group product manager

     


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