Samsung to ship 16 million Windows 8 and 7 computers this year: executive

NEW DELHI Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:12am EST

Samsung flags are set up at the main entrance to the Berlin fair ground before the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Samsung flags are set up at the main entrance to the Berlin fair ground before the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, August 28, 2012.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will ship 16 million tablets and laptop computers operating on Microsoft Corp's Windows 8 and Windows 7 operating systems this year, said Jin Park, vice president of the IT solutions business at Samsung.

Microsoft, the world's largest software company, launched its new-look, touch-friendly Windows 8 earlier this year to grip customers' imagination, as it looks to regain ground lost to Apple Inc and Google Inc in mobile computing and shake up the moribund PC market.

(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Sunil Nair)

(This story was refiled after official correction to change shipment figure estimates are for Windows 8 and Windows 7-based devices in the headline and the first paragraph)

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