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Byline: Kristi Heim
May 10--SEATTLE--Microsoft's most important product since Windows 95 will hit store shelves Oct. 25, missing the back-to-school season but in time for year-end holiday sales, the company said Wednesday.
Microsoft and its partners are counting on the new Windows XP operating system to inject a jolt of life into the sluggish PC market.
The software giant will spend hundreds of millions of dollars later this year on marketing Windows XP -- double what it spent on a lavish launch of Windows 95 that included TV commercials using the Rolling Stones theme song "Start Me Up."
"We're going to blow out the holiday season," …