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"It is time once again for CES...we expect another dollop of hype and hyperbole coming out of CES this year," wrote analyst Gus Richard in a research note Monday morning.

Windows 8--not pretty on ARM, initially: Richard continued. "Windows 8...is due out in 2H:12," he said. "We believe this is a major re-write of the Windows operating system and, as such, we would expect it to be late and buggy...we would not expect Windows 8 to run well on an ARM-based PC."

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