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CES: Live report on the Steve Ballmer Keynote

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Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer launched this year's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show tonight in what will become the company's last of a long, unbroken string of keynotes kicking off the show.

Microsoft said it would give up its monopoly on giving the event's keynote address this year, explaining that the timing of CES doesn't fit its product release schedule. That was one of the same reasons Apple gave for pulling out of Macworld Expo three years ago, the same year that Ballmer took over the task of giving the CES keynote in place of Bill Gates.

Over the previous decade however, Microsoft rarely presented any big surprises related to new products in its CES keynote that were ready for imminent release.

In 2009 Ballmer outlined Microsoft's plans for Windows 7 and multitouch initiatives. The following year he unveiled Slate PC alongside HP, very unfortunately timed just days before the release of Apple's iPad. Last year Ballmer simply gave a broad status update on the company's various PC, tablet and smartphone software platforms.

As the trade show itself grows obsolete from the vast reach and immediacy of the Internet, Ballmer's 2012 CES keynote offers a final taste of the passing era of big keynotes, a format sensationalized by Steve Jobs through his last decade of increasingly exciting presentations dripping with spectacular reveals, dramatic pauses and dangling "one more thing" to the delight of the transfixed nerds in the audience.

AppleInsider is attending this year's CES event, and as as it turned out, managed to snag a third row seat among VIP attendees in the front and center of Ballmer's presentation. Here is, as resources and network bandwidth allow, a live report on how it went. You can also watch for Twitter updates at @DanielEran



Playing Ke$ha "(Place about to) Blow," really loud, such a different experience from the type of music Apple would play at an event. Seems like there should be fireworks and robots shooting sparks from their hands.

Chief executive of CEA (throwing the show) is recounting a history of event keynotes. Explained, "Microsoft keynotes drove press to this show," but for CES to be fresh, "we agreed to a pause." The more they explain what they're doing, the more desperately suspicious this all seems.

"Gratitude and goodwill to Microsoft," he continues, making it sound like a retirement speech. Presents Ballmer with a souvenir. Ballmer then leaves the stage, and they start playing the most annoying music video ever: sounds like Weird Al spoofing bad white rap-electro. Comes across as oddly worship-like. It finally ends and it gets applause from what sounds like three people.

Ryan Seacrest takes the stage, introduces Ballmer again, who says he will present "fast, fluid, dynamic" stuff that will impress people about how it "lights everything up."



Slide of Windows Phone goes up and a small section of the audience starts cheering. Seacrest points out it must be the design department. Nobody else is even politely clapping in the entire room. This is incredibly bizarre. Ballmer notes that Windows Phone is "the first phone that puts people first," pulls out his own, showing how Bill Gates recently called him, and other things important to him are displayed, rather than incoming emails (a clear shot at Apple's push notifications).

Ballmer doesn't do anything to show how WP7 actually works though. Cut to demo so someone else can demonstrate the phone, another vast difference from Apple's keynotes. Presenter is actually showing how WP7 is different, explaining the "people hub" concept, where a group of people are shown along with all their contacts, social network updates, and so on.

States that unlike competitors' proprietary iMessage (Apple) or BES (RIM), WP7 supports the chat protocols people actually use, which he says are Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger.

Next demo point: integrated voice support. He speaks "sounds great" into the phone to send that as a text, but WP7 takes a while to respond, then only recognizes "sound."

Jumps to how great Metro looks. Then starts demonstrating Bing local search (like Yelp, but integrated and using the Metro tiles interface). Shows how WP7 and Bing integration scraps information from multiple web sites, then launches apps to perform functions like creating a dinner reservation. I'm having trouble seeing why people think Metro offers some interesting new user interface.

Every time they say anything about Windows Phone, the developer section goes nuts. They should have mixed these people around the room.

Ballmer is showing off new Nokia Lumia phones and the HTC Titan, calling out features that are hard to keep up with. So different than Apple's focus on one product with a clear outline of why it's supposed to be good, what it offers, and what the price will be. "Nothing better than good competition" Ballmer says.

Speaking of Windows, Ballmer says "people don't want to compromise what they have today," suggesting that the iPad doesn't offer enough desktop features, and that Windows 8 tablets will. Seacrest and Ballmer are speaking in front of a huge animated distracting wall of Metro-like icons. Why is this happening!?

A loud, pumping video of rapidly cut beauty shots of various laptops from several PC makers is begin shown. "Which PC are you?" it asks. "Laptops build for Windows."

Chief marketing officer of Windows Tami Reller appears to talk about what Windows 8 means. "Delivers a no-compromise experience," she says. Power of a PC with the mobility of a tablet. Highlighting how one can customize the lock screen, even unlock the screen by clicking various secret bits of the picture (rather than entering a password).

"Designed to work with touch, and a keyboard," she adds. Swipe from the right to reveal "charms" essentially the Start menu rendered as icons. Metro style apps will offer a "Full Screen" mode like Mac OS X Lion so "the things you want to do are front and center."

Demonstrates an X86-based Samsung tablet using a Core i5 (the developer prototype released earlier). Notes that new Metro apps will run on both x86 and ARM processors. Begins highlighting apps store. Didn't catch anything about conventional Windows desktop apps running on new ARM hardware. Starts demonstrating "Cut the Rope," which seems like a strange choice for a "powerful desktop computer platform."



Demonstrating "Semantic zoom" - app tiles scale down or up via touch. Can also use a mouse to zoom in (sort of like Exposé, but with app icons that animate like widgets).

It is interesting that Microsoft is inventing entirely new ways to do things that really have very little in common with the standard windowing user interface, and bear very little resemblance to how iOS works.

Given how slowly Windows XP users were to embrace the far less dramatic differences of Windows Vista, it seems strange that Microsoft would abandon the Windows desktop almost wholesale to deliver an entirely new user interface that is completely original and wildly different.

Unlike iOS, this isn't confined to a new product; Microsoft is planning to radially change the PC as it works today, making it a hybrid mix of the conventional Windows 7 desktop and the wildly different Metro user interface. New tablets appear to be Metro only, although this isn't being clarified.

The next update to Windows 8 in February. "This is the perfect time to get a new PC!" Reller says, "Windows 7 now, Windows 8 later."

"Every Windows 7 PC will be ready to run Windows 8," Baller stated.

Brings on stage a "Tweet Choir" to dramatically sing a series of tweets related to Microsoft at CES. Stunningly awkward.



Talking about Xbox and Kinect. Craig Davison, senior director of Xbox on stage. Demonstrating new Metro-themed Xbox interface. Showing navigation of the interface using voice (he speaks the names of menus and the menus shift focus). Search content in the Xbox, looks for Star Trek then pulls up various service renting those titles (Netflix, Vudo, Zune Video store). Can speak commands to pause playback.

Speaks "Xbox go home" to go to the home page, for example. Seems a bit like what we had for speech recognition in the late 80s, but never got around to actually using. Says Comcast and Verizon will be launching new TV content on Xbox for their subscribers, joining AT&T Uverse. News Corp adding Fox, WSJ and IGN content. Scheduled to launch "in 2012." Calling Xbox "your all in one entertainment device for the living room."

Shows an Xbox app on a new Nokia WP7 phone that lets you search content using the same features.

Promises two-way interactive TV programming, and brings on a presenter to demonstrate interactive episodes of "Sesame Street." It's like "Dragon's Lair" for children. Or like a remedial Flash game on TV, although kids can interact with various gestures. It's not clear how kids would know how to navigate with such TV programs unless they are very well designed. Without a script, I doubt if the child being coached through the demo would be entertained. Now demonstrating some interactive titles that looks a lot like Eye Toy for Playstation 2.

After a way-too-long demonstration of "interactive TV," Ballmer announces that Kinect for Windows will be released in a couple weeks. Microsoft is working with 200 companies to deliver apps incorporating a motion capture interface.

Wraps up briefly talking about Office and Microsoft's cloud initiatives, then Ballmer tells Seacrest that "what's next" is all about Windows 8, and also about spreading "Metro! Metro! Metro!" across platforms, and then chants "Windows! Windows! Windows!"

And it's over. Windows events are strange.
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Wouldn't it be great if this thread had no comments at all because no one really care what MS does these days? Just nuthin' but empty space and . . .

Duh oh! What have I done?
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Wouldn't it be great if this thread had no comments at all because no one really care what MS does these days? Just nuthin' but empty space and . . .

Duh oh! What have I done?

I'll join you and not post.... Doh!
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Wouldn't it be great if this thread had no comments at all because no one really care what MS does these days? Just nuthin' but empty space and . . .

Duh oh! What have I done?

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We are officially trolling at this point.

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Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840 on the 5th floor of 45 rue Laffitte, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. He was the second son of Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée Monet, both of them second-generation Parisians. On 20 May 1841, he was baptized in the local parish church, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, as Oscar-Claude, but his parents called him simply Oscar. In 1845, his family moved to Le Havre in Normandy. His father wanted him to go into the family grocery business, but Monet wanted to become an artist. His mother...

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Ballmer sure says Nokia funny
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Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840 on the 5th floor of 45 rue Laffitte, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. He was the second son of Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée Monet, both of them second-generation Parisians. On 20 May 1841, he was baptized in the local parish church, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, as Oscar-Claude, but his parents called him simply Oscar. In 1845, his family moved to Le Havre in Normandy. His father wanted him to go into the family grocery business, but Monet wanted to become an artist. His mother...

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Microsoft has really lost its way. It's tablet launch is going to be a disaster. It will be late and bad. They still have not locked down the scope and it's suppose to launch in 10 months

DISASTER

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Best. Thread. Ever.
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It's not Windows events that are strange. It's Ballmer events that are.
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The saying probably originates from the folklore of Mali, West Africa, made well known by Esphyr Slobodkina's retelling, which she calls Caps for Sale (A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business). There are also various other versions of this folk-tale, such as The Hatseller and the Monkeys by Baba Wagué Diakité, set in Mali.
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It's not Windows events that are strange. It's Ballmer events that are.

Hilarious report. In my mind's eye all I can see is a presentation by the Little Brittain guys.
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It's not Windows events that are strange. It's Ballmer events that are.

i know. He runs out on stage, jumping around and dancing like he's some major hip cat. Half of his comments are just slams on the competition were are a riot because they are selling more of whatever than Microsoft is. And then he tries to do the Steve "wouldn't it be amazing" Jobs game and fails miserably.

As unfortunately their phone and tablet probably will also. Especially the tablet which isn't due until the end of the year.

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Monkey see, monkey do

I have a friend who once quipped "Monkey see Ballmer, monkey do do"

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"it's over" just about sums it up for Microsoft.
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"it's over" just about sums it up for Microsoft.

yes indeed , this company is slowly working its way towards total irrelevance in the consumer space.

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Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 46. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 33. Northwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. North wind at 7 mph becoming east.

Wednesday Night: Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind between 9 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

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Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 37.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

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I disagree.
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You know what is great? Anytime a competitor mentions "Apple" when they are comparing their products... Free advertising, and instant envy.........
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Microsoft has really lost its way. It's tablet launch is going to be a disaster. It will be late and bad. They still have not locked down the scope and it's suppose to launch in 10 months

DISASTER

I don't think Microsoft has found the way. Remember, they only dominated because Apple was so pathetic before the second coming of Steve Jobs and the advent of Mac OS X. The problem with Microsoft is: they reached the top and stayed the course. Everyone from FireFox to Google to Apple is chipping away at parts of their once indisputable hegemony.

And yes, Microsoft's last keynote died with a whimper. Glad AI was there to bring us the play by play.

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So what did Microsoft show off that was new? It's all things we've known for almost a year now.

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post #28 of 90
BEST.....THREAD......EVER!!!!!

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

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post #29 of 90
Meanwhile, the Steve Ballmer doll has been marked down to $9.99 in the closeout bin.
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Dragons, the policeman knew, where supposed to breathe fire and occasionally get themselves slaughtered.

For years I've wondered if it was that the dragons which the policeman had acquaintance were supposed to breathe fire, or it was knowledge the policeman had that dragons, in general, were supposed to breathe fire.
The end of the line is sorta strange since it implies that the dragons in question went out every so often with the intent of being slaughtered. It's like saying that cows get themselves milked or turned in to hamburger. Sorta beyond their control, no?
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Everyone is so quick to bash MS and predict their drawn out death. This is a huge company with deep pockets and smart folks. They are having a rouh ride competing in areas they never really had to before, against new technologies and in most cases better technologies.

They are badly guided right now and in a defensive position reacting to Apple, Google and co. Once they get back on track, develop something cool and game changing and not in reaction to the competion, they'll do well again.... Not that i really care that much, i cant stand windows but this thread is like gang rape (very one sided) and someone needs to save the girl.
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Everyone is so quick to bash MS and predict their drawn out death. This is a huge company with deep pockets and smart folks. They are having a rouh ride competing in areas they never really had to before, against new technologies and in most cases better technologies.

They are badly guided right now and in a defensive position reacting to Apple, Google and co. Once they get back on track, develop something cool and game changing and not in reaction to the competion, they'll do well again.... Not that i really care that much, i cant stand windows but this thread is like gang rape (very one sided) and someone needs to save the girl.

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post #33 of 90
I've got to watch this presentation on Youtube. I just recently happen to catch Ballmer's greatest hits - his monkey dance, "developers, developers, developers, developers", his ads for Windows, his running down of the MBA. This guy is more entertaining than Hollywood movies!

That said, I would still like to try Windows 8 sometime. I am pretty happy with Windows 7 at work.
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You're in the wrong thread...

More like the wrong Universe or dimension.
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Everyone is so quick to bash MS and predict their drawn out death. This is a huge company with deep pockets and smart folks. They are having a rouh ride competing in areas they never really had to before, against new technologies and in most cases better technologies.

They are badly guided right now and in a defensive position reacting to Apple, Google and co. Once they get back on track, develop something cool and game changing and not in reaction to the competion, they'll do well again.... Not that i really care that much, i cant stand windows but this thread is like gang rape (very one sided) and someone needs to save the girl.

Once they get back on track? They have been trying to get back on track since at least Longhorn.

This is Microsoft's problem: They are not really a technology company. Their forte isn't in building world class software, it's in the establishment, extension and perpetuation of monopoly via shrewd deal making, strategic acquisition, and outright coercion. They are what Standard Oil was a century ago, only this time around, PC software, not petroleum, was the industry that was ripe for monopolist exploitation. i.e. the industry was relatively new, growth was high, and the feds did not really understand the business (it took about a decade before the DoJ figured out that the actions MS took to protect and extend its Windows and Office monopolies were basically criminal actions.)

And once the monopoly shield got pierced, it became obvious that Microsoft does not know how to compete on a head to head basis. We all thought they were so successful because their products were great. It turns out their buggy, insecure, bloated, jerrybuilt software was selling only because they were able to kill their competitors through anticompetitive methods.

Shed no tears for Microsoft. They represent the worst aspects of the free enterprise system.
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Everyone is so quick to bash MS and predict their drawn out death. This is a huge company with deep pockets and smart folks. They are having a rouh ride competing in areas they never really had to before, against new technologies and in most cases better technologies.

They are badly guided right now and in a defensive position reacting to Apple, Google and co. Once they get back on track, develop something cool and game changing and not in reaction to the competion, they'll do well again.... Not that i really care that much, i cant stand windows but this thread is like gang rape (very one sided) and someone needs to save the girl.

Couldn't you come up with a better comparison? Besides, Microsoft doesn't comes up anything. They acquire. They burn out the people behind the acquisition, they leave the company, the product dies. Repeat. They have had some success in a few niche areas that they have been able to exploit pretty well. However, windows is on the way down. It will be replaced mostly by iOS and Android. The remainder will likely fall to OS X.
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It is interesting that Microsoft is inventing entirely new ways to do things that really have very little in common with the standard windowing user interface, and bear very little resemblance to how iOS works.

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Unlike iOS, this isn't confined to a new product; Microsoft is planning to radially change the PC as it works today, making it a hybrid mix of the conventional Windows 7 desktop and the wildly different Metro user interface. <...>

These two sentences sound like an unintended 'In-before "nothing new here", "lipstick on a pig"'... It's funny how a little jealousy can derail a thread into unsubtle trolling.
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MS really likes the name "Metro". That was originally a challenger to postscript and the PDF format. Now it is the new interface for Windows 8. Metro just happens to be the transit system in King Country Washington where Microsoft resides. Odd that they picked that name. Will their new slogan be "Get on the Bus!"
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While taking a break to observe the MS keynote; Ben, Albert, Tom and Walt said "See Steve, you have nothing to worry about, Apple will do just fine". Steve nodded and grinned and said, "What a bunch of Bozos". They all laughed and returned to their poker game.
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