Microsoft's former CES exhibit floor space is already sold

When Microsoft announced a few weeks ago it would bypass the 2013 edition of CES, that mean that the company's exhibit hall space at the Las Vegas Convention center would be available to purchase for the first time in years. On Tuesday, News.com reported that Microsoft's floor space for CES only took 45 minutes to be sold off for the 2013 show.

The report states that two companies, the satellite TV provider Dish (formerly known as Dish Network) and the China-based electronics maker Hisense, ended up buying the exhibit hall space for CES 2013. The price was apparently the same amount if Microsoft had ended up buying the same space again.

The organizers of CES are now currently in the middle of the three day process letting companies buy exhibit space for the 2013 show. CES 2012 ended up with 3,100 exhibitors, which is up from 2011's 2,800 companies at the show.

It is not publicly known which company will now get to present at the coveted first keynote address at CES 2013, which Microsoft also gave up. The CES organizers apparently know which company will be taking over but they are not yet talking. The article did quote an anonymous source who did say the keynote address would be handled by a business "that everyone has heard of and will generate a lot of excitement."

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I saw on MSNBC that CES officials said the keynote speaker would be based on "what's hot" for that particular year. For example, for this year it could've meant since tablets were the hot item that Apple would've been the keynote under their new system. I'm not sure how they know what the "hot" item is going to be a year from now.

JamesWeb said,
I'd never heard of Dish before today and now I've read about them in two unrelated articles.

What's going on?

Dish is Dish Network. They just shortened their name for whatever reason. Dish Network and DirecTV are the largest satellite providers in the US. Like Time Warner and Comcast are the largest cable providers here as well.

I trying to think of what business would generate a lot of excitement that everyone has heard of.

Apple's Steve Jobs.

I can't imagine anyone else actually getting too much of a reaction from me. That would be insane though.

KSib said,
I trying to think of what business would generate a lot of excitement that everyone has heard of.

Apple's Steve Jobs.

I can't imagine anyone else actually getting too much of a reaction from me. That would be insane though.

what?

wolftail said,

what?

I think he's trying to say that Apple should buy Microsoft's space. He obviously didn't read the article and thinks "Apple's Steve Jobs" is the official name of Apple... :\

KSib said,
I trying to think of what business would generate a lot of excitement that everyone has heard of.

Apple's Steve Jobs.

I can't imagine anyone else actually getting too much of a reaction from me. That would be insane though.

It will definitely not be Apple, for the same reason as it won't be Microsoft. Apple does not have a booth at CES, so it is ineligible for a keynote.