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Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

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Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie

Microsoft's Craig Mundie

Microsoft Corp.

Technology that changes how people give commands to computers could make touch-based PCs more popular and transform the traditional desktop into a "room computer" in coming years, said Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, in an interview Wednesday. The touch-controlled tablet PCs Microsoft has long promoted could see their "day of glory" in the next few years as people get used to controlling computers just as they would a touchscreen phone, Mundie said.

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