The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2012 marked the last and the final Microsoft’s Keynote tonight at Las Vegas. You may get to see Redmond presence still at foreseeable events of CES, but Steve Ballmer has kicked off its last show at CES 2012, and has chucked its gigantic booth in the convention center’s main hall.
The Microsoft’s top exec and the present CEO, Steve Ballmer in his final keynote at the International Consumer Electronics show, touted about the leading tech company’s future projects, in which most notably are Windows 8 and Windows Phone operating system.
The Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer last keynote kicked off at 6:30pm Pacific time on Monday in Las Vegas, and here you can read the live keynote updates.
Steve Ballmer shared the stage with the host Ryan Seacrest, to begin the keynote. The host first question on mind for Ballmer was “what can we expect from you tonight?”. With all due respect he replied “You’ll see our future, and that’s our fast and fluid metro interface.”.
The keynote took off expressing the Steve Ballmer confidence in their future projects, saying “We really have a chance to raise our game this year”. After grabbing the stage and the attention from each corner of the convention hall, the first thing that stroke out from the Ballmer’s mind, pretty expected, was the youngest Windows version, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 7 operating system.
It’s not that Ballmer came on the CES 2012 stage for delivering the Keynote only, but to make its last blast, he also took the stage with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega to promote the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900, which was one of the biggest CES 2012 secrets revealed.
Ballmer continues saying that he is “happy with where [Microsoft] is right now” and galvanized to focus on Windows Phone. “What we’ve done with Windows Phone is do it better than the others, you know, the one’s with icons” and claimed that “Windows Phone is the first phone to put people first. It’s all about what YOU think is important, not what we think is important.” The present Microsoft CEO showed off his phone — the Nokia Lumia 900 — which showed a number of missed calls from ex-CEO Bill Gates who heartily “wanted to wish him well for the event.”
Executive Communications manager, Derek Synder also came to share the stage with Ballmer hyping about the Windows Phone Mango. The CES folks were expecting Microsoft to break their mum about the future versions of Windows Phone, but I believe that they are keeping some treasure boxes to be unwrapped at Mobile World Congress.
Synder continuing with his words about Windows Phone, he talked about how Windows Phone is “more powerful” than other platforms and really do not bank on brand-named messaging systems like Blackberry Messenger or iMessage, and on the top of it claimed that the company went with the likes of Facebook Messenger and Windows Live to get away from that, though those services are kind of different
The one update about which not only Microsoft but the entire tech enthusiasts goes gaga about, with no doubts, obviously, was Windows 8.
The next most happening future project that was going to be talked about at CES, was Windows 8. The company representatives then moved on to Windows 8 to talk about it. The first thing that they said in Windows 8 context was that it is the new form factors on PC’s — ultrabooks — which are coming into style now.
Windows 8 is going to bring another generation of Windows to last forever, and it also gave us an early taste of Windows 8 by releasing a platform preview of the Windows 8 OS back in September, and the Windows 8 beta expected to release late next month. Though, Ballmer counted out multiple benefits of Windows 8, but one which I found that Ballmer said with lots future prospects was that Windows 8 is going to be a Windows Phone-esque interface.
The next Microsoft chunk was spoken by Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer and he came on the stage to show off Windows 8. The moment she brought Windows 8 onto the screen, the room went on pin drop silence for few seconds, and was only filled with the clicking of camera shutters as everyone rushed to get photos of the screen.
Perhaps, it seems that company had a new build of Windows 8 on the device by showing slightly differently colored background, and displayed the all new exclusive Windows store in action and the new HTML5-based “Cut the Rope” game. They discussed comprehensively about the Windows Store, saying that you can offer trials, paid products and free software through the store.
The time has come to say a goodbye to the CES, and Ballmer wrapped his keynote by yelling “METRO METRO METRO” and “WINDOWS WINDOWS WINDOWS” before saying thank you to everyone and goodnight , concluding Microsoft’s long history with Consumer Electronics Show.