Steve Ballmer of MicrosoftSporting a radical redesignthat's expected to charm some and disappoint others, Microsoft'snew Windows 8 faces a tough slog ahead, including a slow adoptionrate, some analysts say.

“The challenges of a new user interface, a complex set ofprocessor choices and a long ramp to a compelling set of appofferings in the Microsoft Store will translate to aslower-than-usual Windows upgrade cycle,” says Frank E. Gillett, ananalyst with Forrester.

Gillett is lead author of a report that predicts a grim outlook for Windows 8 nextyear but concludes that long term, Microsoft could restabilizemarket acceptance of its Windows product line with the rightmoves.

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