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A year later, Microsoft picture looks very different

A year ago, Microsoft Corp blew away Wall Street’s earnings forecasts with blistering sales of its new Windows 7 operating system and trumpeted optimism about the recovery in tech spending.

This week, with its stock trading slightly lower than a year ago, the world’s largest software company is set to report lower profit as PC sales growth fizzles, and it struggles to convince investors that it can grab a foothold in the fast-moving mobile and tablet markets…

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