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Microsoft: Ballmer expected to tease Windows 8 at CES today

updated 04:25 am EST, Wed January 5, 2011

New UI will be absent, but new feature demoed

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will tease Windows at the Microsoft Keynote at CES later today, according to a report. Ballmer will make a number of announcements regarding Windows Phone 7, Xbox and Windows. The main announcement will reportedly center on a version of Windows that will run on ARM microarchitecture, as has been rumoredin recent days. Sources familiar with the matter are also predicting that Ballmer will demo a new feature of Windows 8 for the first time.

During the Gartner Symposium last October, Ballmer suggested that Windows 8 would be Microsoft's "riskiest product yet." What remains unclear is whether this could involve a radical overhaul of the OS. According to the Winrumors report, Ballmer will not reveal any elements of the UI, but will demonstrate a new functionality as he had with Windows 7 multi-touch capabilities at the All Things Digital conference back in May 2008. At that time, Ballmer showcased the feature without revealing any UI elements.

Also expected to be announced by Ballmer is that ARM chip fabricators including Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have entered into agreements with Microsoft in order to produce chipsets that will be compatible with the slate optimized version of Windows 8.

by MacNN Staff



  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This idiot thinks nobody will buy and use apps on their phone.

    What a dope.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Feature in Windows 8...

    The Windows App Store! I'm sure Redmond's copiers are working overtime as usual...

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Ballmer expected to tease Windows 8 at CES today"

    Everyone teases Windows.. why would Ballmer jump in?

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He can keep it

    and shove it where the sun don't shine! World doesn't need more junk.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A word To The Wise, Baldmer ...

    "Ballmer expected to tease Windows 8 at CES today"

    - Never tease Happy Fun Windows.

    He's also expected to recap the phenomenal 100% growth in the number of Microsoft Retail Stores in the past year. "In just one year, we've doubled the number of our stores!"

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Over the years I've Learned

    Never believe anything MS says until the product actually ships.
    Never trust anything MS ships until SP2.

    Comment buried. Show
  1. bipolar.maniac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    in a few hours

    we will see if these rumours are true or not.

    but one thing I notice is that there's a lot of hate from the commenting area. Mac fans are real predictable.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I was honestly hoping that Apple would spring

    news that they'd ported OSX to ARM processors. There was some talk of a quad-core ARM11MPCore processors on the horizon and I'd like to see Apple start replacing some of the low-end notebooks with that. The thing is that I don't know if it's easy to port OSX applications to ARM processors. One of the main reasons that Microsoft wasn't going to port Windows to ARM was because all the Windows applications would have to be redone. I sure hope Microsoft doesn't beat Apple to the punch on the Windows to ARM port.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Riskiest product yet"

    Wasn't that Vista?

    i never used a computer that took longer to shut down than to boot up....thanks Micro$oft!

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: in a few hours

    You know, you don't have to come to this site. I don't see any hate here, just having fun with MS's wonderful reputation.

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