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Rumors: CEA booted Microsoft from CES keynotes

updated 06:05 pm EST, Wed December 21, 2011

CEA may have kicked Microsoft out of keynotes

Microsoft's decision to stop hosting CES keynotes may not have been voluntary, according to rumors. Multiple Microsoft staffers claimed to GigaOM that the Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts CES, had dropped Microsoft's presentation. The withdrawal from booth space was supposedly retaliation.

"Microsoft didn't pull out of the keynote -- they were kicked out," an anonymous staffer claimed. "Big difference."

Corporate Communications VP Frank Shaw has so far only pointed back to the original statement Microsoft gave as an answer. It used the same reasons Apple gave when it bowed out of Macworld three years ago, asserting that a January event didn't line up with its product schedule and that it had other outlets to turn to. CEA officials also didn't comment.

While the allegations are far from confirmed, a forced exit would mark a symbolic changing of the guard at the show. Microsoft has formally kicked off the show with a keynote for much of its history, in part because the Windows PC was often the heart of computing at the show. Both the iPad as well as Android tablets dictated much of the show's actual agenda in 2011, and Microsoft's Windows Phone has much smaller share relative to Android and the iPhone.

Regardless of motivators, most of Microsoft's launches in 2012 will fall outside of CES. The Windows Phone Tango update may not be unveiled until Mobile World Congress in late February, while Windows 8 may not ship until the second half of 2012.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Butt of jokes

    Maybe they didn't want CES to be the butt of jokes after another one of Balmer's monkey shows.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get Ready For The ...


  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I guess CEA doesn't like Ballmers comedic skits. I mean, who thinks those keynotes were serious?

  1. FreeRange

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    The emperor has no clothes....

  1. facebook_Larene

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    Joined: Dec 2011


    Sic transit gloria mundi

    Remember when Microsoft was the 800 lbs gorilla that could do no wrong and everybody feared?
    Must be painful for Gill Gates to watch it slide in to irrelevance.

  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sweaty armpits

    There are only so many sweaty armpits you can watch in a lifetime, and Steve Ballmer has none of them (but all of the sweat).

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