Microsoft's highly touted new products are slow sellers

by Volker Weber

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. made a big splash this fall with new products that could change the way people use computers, but all the publicity has yet to translate into big sales.

The company touted its Tablet PC as a machine to revolutionize laptop computing. The Media Center PC is aimed at making a computer an entertainment center, and the Xbox Live kit is moving video games online.

At the peak of the holiday shopping season, however, the Tablet and Media Center computers aren't flying off the shelves - in fact, they aren't even on some shelves.

I cannot say that I am really surprised. I would not want to buy a tablet pc, let alone a "secure" media center.

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