In two weeks time the annual Consumer Electronics Show will kick off in Las Vegas, it is thought that this year’s show will be one of biggest CES shows ever, but it looks like things will be much different when CES 2013 arrives.
Microsoft has announced that 2012 will be its last year at the event, the ultimate reasoning behind this is that the timing of the show doesn’t always fit in with the launches and announcements of new Microsoft products – instead exclusive events will now be preferred. In recent times we have seen Apple adopt similar tactics with its hyped-up keynotes, it looks like Microsoft will be taking a leaf out of Apple’s book.
The fact that large companies such as Microsoft and Apple now prefer to hold exclusive product launches rather than attending the Consumer Electronics Show to promote upcoming products could spell trouble for annual technology show. Some rumors are circulating which suggest that Microsoft may have actually been kicked out – but we very much doubt this as Microsoft pays a lot of money to exhibit at the show.
We are not too sure what Microsoft plan to reveal to the world at this year’s show, but we are expecting to see the Windows 8 beta and perhaps the future of Windows Phone OS – also there will undoubtedly be lots hardware manufacturers showing of new WP7 devices as well. Personally I hope that we finally get to see Windows 8 running on ARM hardware as this is a major step in the future of Microsoft’s operating systems – how about you?
If you head over to WashingtonPost.com you can find out more about why Microsoft decided to snub future CES events.
Do you think that CES can survive without Microsoft?