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Tablets hard to swallow (08 Apr 2004)
The Tablet PC has been on the shelves for 18 months, but take-up has hardly met the stellar success hoped for by Microsoft and its hardware partners. The razzmatazz and hyperbole of the launch failed to impress IT industry analysts at Gartner and IDC. Both estimated sales of around 425,000 units in the first year, and these predictions have proved disappointingly accurate. The slow take-off has angered hardware manufacturers that invested in the format, and some have blamed Microsoft for not doing enough to encourage sales.
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