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updated 10:50 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2009

Microsoft CES 2009 Keynote

Microsoft helped open CES on Wednesday night with an introductory keynote. We were at the event and and provided live information plus photos as they became available; Microsoft in particular provided details of a Windows 7 beta for the public. Click through for the events in reverse chronological order (all times are Eastern).

10:50 PM: Briefly shows off a color flexible display that could be the future of touch displays, though doesn't appear to be touchable in this version. A cousin of e-ink displays. Ballmer leaves the stage and Tripod closes the keynote.

10:47 PM: Microsoft demos a tablet-based medical app that can show the brain and other parts of anatomy with collaborative aspects and shortcuts to research papers, including semantic analysis. Lets users put up notes and syncs to everyone part of a particular group.

10:41 PM: Ballmer back on stage; talking about a shift to multi-core, adaptive software that learns users' habits, lighter PCs and devices.

10:37 PM: Demo of an Xbox community game (Kodu).

10:32 PM: Showing Netflix on Xbox Live (nothing new).

10:26 PM: Primetime for Xbox Live finally coming in spring; demo of 1 vs. 100 quiz show.

10:24 PM: Talking about Halo Wars (ships February 28th) and Halo 3 ODST (fall) for the Xbox 360.

10:20 PM: Discussing Mediaroom (IPTV for telecom providers) and introduces Mediaroom Anytime: basically on-demand DVR functionality. Shows like Top Gear and the PGA will also have interactive experiences on TV.

10:16 PM: Running "I'm a PC" ad and a performance by the music group Tripod.

10:10 PM: Talk of partnership with Facebook that integrates Windows Live services like e-mail with the social network, such as feed updates on the web or Windows Mobile.

Internet Explorer 6 Mobile will be available 'later this year' with built-in Flash, better HTML. Note: it was already supposed to show in mid-2008 but has been repeatedly delayed.

Demos multi-touch on Windows 7 by using a Surface globe navigation app on an HP TouchSmart PC. It allows pinching to zoom and another two-finger motion to tilt the view.

10:02 PM: Windows 7 beta demo: shows the "peek" feature to see individual windows or the desktop just by mousing over icons in the taskbar. Also shows the Play To option for Windows Media Player. Easier wireless networking as well. (All of these have been previewed before.)

9:58 PM: Discusses Windows Live Essentials, a pack of software to help get users started; will come with Dell PCs.

9:53 PM: Microsoft is releasing a public beta of Windows 7. The release will be available worldwide on Friday and is already available through MSDN tonight.

9:51 PM: Microsoft directly jabs Apple: shows videos with the range of new Windows PCs and Windows Mobile devices at CES (all already announced). Says PC has more choice at more price levels. "I'm a PC, and I'm proud of it," Ballmer adds.

9:46 PM: Current experiences sit in "silos;" what you do on one isn't connected to the other. Bringing these together along with cloud computing. Ballmer sees Windows as the linchpin of the entire digital universe. The "language" of computing.

9:41 PM: Steve Ballmer is onstage and acknowledges the challenges of the economy: innovation in technology is claimed as an important tool and "more powerful than ever before" in tough conditions. Needs a convergence of the TV, computer and phone.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow! Windows 7! That's pretty exciting (where's the NoDoze?).

    Jeez...I just ate dinner, and then I have to look at Monkey Boy and his anti-Apple propaganda.

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Innovation! LOL

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sartorial elegance?

    Phil. who advised you to wear the diarrhea "Zune" colored sweater? Not Steve Jobs surely?

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So Funny

    And I thought that the Apple MacWorld keynote was a little slow.

    It was down right magical compared to CES.

    Just a thought.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes, there is always microsoft there to give balance to the force...

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go team

    Ballmer looks like a high school coach, doesn't he? Remember? Those out of shape middle aged ex-athletes that went to college on scholarship but were too stupid to major in anything but PE.

    A perfect figurehead for Windows users. Out of shape. Middle aged. Stupid.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Keep it clean

    No need for personal insults to Ballmer, just let the boringness of the keynote speak for itself. Phil Schiller croaked and stuttered his way through the Apple keynote and still ran circles around the Ballmer Windows 7 keynote. That alone speaks volumes!

    And anyone (especially MS planners) who doesn't realize these keynotes ARE a competition needs to wake up.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That multi-touch demo was so freaken cool. The pinching gesture to zoom in and out. Way nice! ;)

    Makes you wonder if some of the people in the audience were thinking, "Yeah we get it. We saw this demo two years ago, except it was on a device that sits in the palm of your hand."

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