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Microsoft has said that Steve Ballmer’s opening keynote for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January will be the last time a Redmond head takes the stage, and it won’t be having an exhibition stand at the show after 2012 either. The move ends nearly 20 years of Microsoft’s involvement with the show, both in giving the …

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Apple have their own events.

People want Apple stuff more than MS stuff.

MS need their own events.

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Thats bad logic

By that logic, all I need is a glass staircase and I'll become a retail powerhose.

People don't buy Apple stuff because they have their own events. They buy it because they like the product itself, and like the user experience.

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Novell's BrainShare events really rocked. How did that work out for them?

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FAIL

You don't live in the real world do you? The one where company thinking is absolutely bonkers and sarcastic posts fly over people's heads?

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Facepalm

GuyS?!?!?!

How can you mention tech fails with Bill, without linking to the Win98 crash:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzFUcDKC64E

Forshame!!!

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It's not a fail

That's how Windows 98 always worked for me.

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RE: It's not a fail

You're right - Windows seems designed to crash!

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It's the MS Stores Silly!

Why would MS invest all that money going year after year to CES when their retails stores are doing so fantastically well?

They can also get their particular brand of lock0in out to the punters well enough by simply making all those who have signed up for their patent scam display only devices that have their blessing. That means Winblose phones only. No Android allowed.

Plus it means that Mr Balmer will no longer have to embarrass himself and everyone who works for MS when he stands up and delivers his keynote speech.

Win-win then (not)

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Balmer

Can't they just fire Balmer for goodness sakes?

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I hope not

His position at MicroSoft is the best asset most tech companies have.

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Judging by the comments that precede this one

all the grown-ups must've left their browsers open when they went off to get drunk.

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FAIL

So...

do the grown-ups know you are using their computer?

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The pace of new technology might also have something to do with Microsoft's decision. a once a year event is no longer suitable for product releases. CES should return to its roots as a consumer electronics showcase, and remove all the software elements which should be left to individual vendor events (Microsoft Show, Apple Show, etc, etc.) CES should also only be about next generation technology, not current tech. Visitors should get a glimpse of what might be new in 1 or two years time and not todays tech in a gazillion different but yet strangely similar form factors.

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Go

"Donations", eh?

Sounds like price-finding in action.

Too expensive? Won't buy. See ya laters.

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Timinig and Content

What exactly does MS have to show off at CES? How many consumer electronics products do they even make?

There is the XBox, Kinect, erm, keyboards, mice and joysticks and that is about it. All the rest of the consumer electric stuff is manufactured and sold by partners.

Windows Phone 7 updates? They have Mobile World Congress in February, which would be a better platform.

Windows 8? Maybe a preview of the Alpha.

The CES show is at the wrong time of year for Microsoft, the same for Apple and MacWorld and CES, so it doesn't really fit in with key product announcements and those announcements are more software related and less consumer electronics related, so MS don't really fit in at CES.

And if CEA want MS to pay more for the stand and keynote, that it would cost MS to hold their own event, it makes more sense to hold their own event at a more suitable time.

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My favorite CES

was the one in 2007. During it, Apple unveiled the iPhone and all flights from Vegas to the bay area were instantly booked.

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Because a stand staffed solely by patent lawyers might send the wrong message.

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