Microsoft faces a loss of relevance

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The company is struggling to maintain its place in tech in the face of a badly received Windows upgrade.

Microsoft took another hard knock this month when top tech researchers laid much of the blame for dwindling first-quarter PC sales at the feet of the beleaguered Windows 8 operating system. Insider (registration required)

Microsoft Took another hard knock this month when top tech researchers laid much of the blame for dwindling first-quarter PC sales on the beleaguered Windows 8 operating system.

Estimates of first-quarter shipments, from both IDC and Gartner, paint a gloomy picture of the PC industry -- a sector that Microsoft still needs to be strong.

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