In a tradition that goes back many years, a Microsoft exec will deliver the preshow keynote to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
. Since Bill Gates retired in one of the best keynotes I have ever seen in person, Steve Ballmer has been delivering them for Microsoft the last few years. Once again, he will hit the stage on Monday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m. PST to deliver his keynote. Why this may be important for gamers is that Microsoft has used CES as the delivery vehicle for some of its more notable gaming announcements. With Kinect dominating E3, it may be the place and time to talk about the next version of the Xbox come January 2012. Then again, maybe we get another clunker of an announcement that disappears quickly into the Vegas night.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Deliver Preshow Keynote Address at the 2012 International CES
Arlington, Va., July 6, 2011 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today that Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation, will deliver a preshow keynote address at the 2012 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, is scheduled January 10-13, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We are pleased to welcome Microsoft back to the CES keynote stage,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “From mobile to desktop to gaming and beyond, Microsoft has a significant impact on all aspects of the consumer technology industry, and Steve Ballmer's keynote is a great way to kick off the exciting 2012 International CES. We are excited to hear Microsoft’s latest initiatives and Ballmer’s vision for where consumer technology is heading.”
Ballmer’s preshow keynote address is slated for 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 9, in The Venetian. Microsoft has used the CES keynote stage in previous years to unveil innovative new products, including the original Xbox and Avatar Kinect.
The full line-up of 2012 International CES keynote addresses will be announced in coming months.
The 2012 International CES will feature more than 2,700 global technology companies unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. For more information on the 2012 International CES, visit CESweb.org.