Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduced a touch-screen tablet computer from Hewlett-Packard Co. and said U.S. sales of PCs running Windows jumped 50 percent over the holidays.
The computer will go on sale this year and was one of several machines that Ballmer showed off last night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The sales growth from the year-earlier period is based on data from U.S. retail outlets monitored by research firm NPD Group Inc.
“We’re talking about something that’s almost as portable as a phone and that’s as powerful as a PC running Windows 7,” Ballmer, 53, said of the Hewlett-Packard tablet computer and two others he had on stage.
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