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The "Start" icon is displayed on a Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computer during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012) Photo Credit: Bloomberg

Microsoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system on Oct. 25, 2012, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and mobile devices.

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The "Start" icon is displayed on a Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computer during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

An attendee walks over a chalk rendering a
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An attendee walks over a chalk rendering a Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computer during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft
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Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft Corp., speaks during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface
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Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computers during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft
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Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft Corp., speaks during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows group at
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Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows group at Microsoft Corp., speaks during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Employees pass the Microsoft Corp. Windows 8 logo
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Employees pass the Microsoft Corp. Windows 8 logo during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications.(Oct. 25, 2012)

Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface
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Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computers during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. (Oct.
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Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Panos Panay, the general manager of the Microsoft
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Panos Panay, the general manager of the Microsoft Surface holds up a Surface tablet during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 and the tablet in New York 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. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a press
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 in New York October 25, 2012. Microsoft said Thursday its "reimagined" Windows 8 will launch Friday in 37 languages and 140 worldwide markets, as the tech giant unveiled the new version of its computer operating system. (Oct. 25,, 2012)

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