2012 International CES: Goodbye keynote from Microsoft®
Discussions on the upcoming products, talks on future of technology, and some innovative demo marked the highlights of the keynote
At 2012 International CES, with a keynote that discussed about some upcoming Microsoft products and the major innovations in the pipeline, chief executive officer Steve Ballmer bid the final adieu to the annual event on behalf of Microsoft. Hopefully, the Redmond-based software company would launch its own technology-related show in future.
The announcement on taking an exit from the future CES events already came in December 2011, when Microsoft wrote on its official blog that the timing of the show does not concur with that of its product-related news. The final keynote from Ballmer was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, a well-known voice actor and network producer. In his address, Ballmer initially talked about Windows-based lightweight Ultrabooks, the Metro UI, and Windows 8 among other things. The talk strongly hinted toward Microsoft‘s vision of making the upcoming Windows 8 as a common platform for multiple devices. He also revealed that unlocked versions of Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone would be available in Microsoft Stores in the coming months.
XBOX 360 and Kinect also were the part of the discussion. Microsoft is determined to transform the gaming machine into a source of complete digital entertainment and it has collaborated with media broadcasters such as HULU, Verizon FiOS, Fox, and Comcast for media streaming on the device. It is also bringing up a Windows-compatible version of Kinect Sensor to integrate voice and gesture control as a common access tool for PC users.
The CEO also demonstrated an amazing two-way TV programming technology using the Kinect Sensor. The demo showed Grover, the Muppet character from Sesame Street, interacting and responding to a real child. You can watch the demo as well the complete keynote address by Steve Ballmer in the video that follows.