Looking ahead to new tech in 2007

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Anyone seeking clues on the products that will most deeply affect the tech landscape next year needs to start with Microsoft and Apple. Both companies are releasing new versions of their main computing operating systems. Microsoft (MSFT) will release Windows Vista for consumers in January. Apple Computer (AAPL) is expected to introduce Leopard soon thereafter. The moves are likely to kick off a round of computer upgrades and change the way a PC looks and feels.

Tech: The Look Ahead to 2007