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This morning’s reports on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s energetic talk at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was all about Microsoft’s future, which sounds from this distance to be very much a work in progress.

What sounded very much like a keynote line: “If Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined, we’re also in the process of re-imagining Microsoft.”

The catch is that Windows 8, many details of which have been circulating for a while now, sounds a little problematic. It is understandably aimed at new technology – intended to be much more tablet and mobile device-friendly – but it seems to be caught betwixt. Windows as an OS aimed specifically at desktop/laptop computers has had a coherence, but one spread among too many uses seems kinf of scattered, with pieces more useful for some places than for others.

Is that the Microsoft to come? Or just another of tech’s hairpin cruves?

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