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Just ahead of that report, Microsoft said its personal computer sales in the fourth quarter of 2011 could be lower than projected because of the floods in Thailand. Analysts had projected a 1% decrease in PC shipments last quarter, but Microsoft indicated that it could be even lower.
Most desktops and personal computers run the Windows OS by Microsoft. Other competitors include Mac OS X by
(AAPL) and open source Linux distributions. Windows is one of Microsoft's most profitable businesses and accounts for around 25% of the
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