Computer giant Microsoft has said goodbye to the Consumer Electronics Show after 15 years at the technology showcase.
Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer delivered the company’s final keynote speech at CES on Monday night, but revelations were kept to a minimum.
On top of this, Microsoft will no longer have a booth at the annual technology extravaganza, saying that the timing of CES was out of step with its product launches.
“We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries,” Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s corporate vice president said on the company’s blog.
“But we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing.”
No Xbox 720
The rumours of an Xbox 720 launch have been largely ruled out, but it was an optimistic dream in the first place.
Instead, Microsoft’s final keynote was mostly concerned with the reiteration of previous announcements. As Ballmer said on Monday night, it’s all about “Metro, Metro, Metro and, of course, Windows, Windows, Windows.”
So there was plenty of talk of Windows 8, Microsoft’s much-hyped new operating system that uses the Metro-style user interface.
Not familiar with Metro? If you have a Windows phone you will be. It is the attractive interface that presents information in small squares known as tiles.
Big year for Microsoft in 2012
Tiles are an exciting innovation from Microsoft, presenting text and moving pictures in ‘live’ squares – so called because the information they carry updates automatically, without the app having to be opened.
Microsoft intends to take full advantage of the Metro system in 2012, making it available for Windows tablets and Windows 8 PCs.
And the company is not wasting any time, announcing that the Windows store will open in February this year, so people can buy apps for Windows tablets as well as PCs.