Has Microsoft Lost Its Tech Edge?

Exactly one year ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the tech industry's premier gadget show to showcase a Windows tablet computer to an audience that had yet to meet the iPad.

This year, with tablets marking the hottest items at the show and Windows lagging far behind Apple's popular iPad, the stakes were higher -- and Microsoft's status as a technology oracle may be slipping. With his keynote speech late Wednesday evening, Steve Ballmer tried to aim the spotlight back at his company.

But did he succeed?

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