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Call it a case of tech-spectations run amok. A year ago, respondents to our annual Mid­level Associates Survey were raving about their firms’ embrace of iPhones and Android devices and eagerly anticipating a bigger role for the iPad and other mobile gadgets ["Solidly Pro-Choice," September 2011]. And then: nothing, or at least nothing that would whip up a frenzy. Instead, this was a year of smaller advances: Windows 7 upgrades, Microsoft Office updates, bug fixes, and the revamped iManage 8.5 document system. Midlevels who had dreamed of drafting memos on voice-responsive tablets were instead searching for functions on their new Windows desktops.

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