Microsoft: CES 2012 keynote won't have "significant news"

If you were thinking that Microsoft might have some major news to reveal for its now final CES keynote, think again. Engadget has posted word from the company's PR rep that as far as the content of the CES 2012 keynote, there "won't be significant news, but more of a wrap up of the strong year the company has had in consumer."

So all of those rumors of a possible Xbox 720/Xbox Next reveal, along with any other major Microsoft news, for the final keynote seem to be swashed. Microsoft's statement did say that the CES 2012 keynote will feature its CEO Steve Ballmer "focusing quite a bit on Windows Phone and the its Xbox / entertainment story" along with news about the "momentum from across the company for Windows, Office, Bing, etc."

As we reported earlier today, Microsoft has elected not to exhibit at CES nor give a keynote address at CES 2013. Engadget also has posted a statement from CES's owners, the Consumer Electronics Association, who confirmed that they have heard from Microsoft that "they will not request the Central Hall exhibit space that they have used in past years" for CES 2013. It adds that "we have received expressions of interest for that space from the long waiting list for Central Hall exhibit space."

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I wonder whether this leaves my prediction that they will announce a final product name for Windows 8 (still a codename just now as I understand it). It would be an easy way for them to keep the hype machine rolling without showing anything much new.

Mouettus said,
maybe it's my 2 rum and cokes, but what happened to win8 beta announcement/release at CES?

Recently (last couple years) MS has been getting more and more mum about things like that in case something comes up that would prevent them from showing something (in this case Win8) off in a decent state

Mouettus said,
maybe it's my 2 rum and cokes, but what happened to win8 beta announcement/release at CES?

Beta has already been announced for February because that's when the Windows store will be ready with apps.

A next gen xbox reveal does not make sense for CES, as with the 360 it will be shown at E3 (if the rumors are correct that MS is ready to unveil it)

Sraf said,
A next gen xbox reveal does not make sense for CES, as with the 360 it will be shown at E3 (if the rumors are correct that MS is ready to unveil it)

It is better suited for E3.