Microsoft's Steve Ballmer confirmed for 2012 CES keynote

It's not exactly a huge shock but today the Consumer Electronics Association trade group confirmed that the 2012 edition of the Consumer Electronic Show will have its first keynote address from Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer. According to News.com, the head of Microsoft will give his keynote speech on Monday, January 9th, at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. The keynote happens the day before CES 2012 officially opens its exhibit doors at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show itself will run from January 10-13.

It's become a tradition for the head of Microsoft to officially kick off CES with the first keynote address although a number of other companies also hold separate press conferences before the Microsoft keynote. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates led the keynotes at CES until 2009 when he passed the company's day-to-day duties to Ballmer who has been taking on the keynote duties ever since.

During his keynote at CES 2011, Ballmer announced a number of things including support for future versions of its Windows operating system running under the ARM processor design. He also announced the addition of Avatar Kinect for the Xbox 360 console, demoed features for Windows Phone 7 and more. While many felt that the keynote was less than spectacular, that might not be the case for CES 2012. Many suspect that Ballmer will be showing off a lot more of Windows 8, the next version of its operating system that could be released later in 2012.

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I only hope his candor is more of the late 90s Ballmer and less of today. I want the 'developers, developers, developers' enthusiasm.

Plus with his stodgy stage appearance these days, he drives down the guests he brings on to demo new products/services/technologies.

Plus, the over-rehearsed, lackluster presentation style that has become synonymous with Microsoft needs to change. I've seen it in every keynote over the last decade and it's becoming quite tired and hard to listen.

Bring someone like Scott Hanselman on stage and let him be himself. I saw his presentations at Mix, and he is by far one of the most lively speakers I've seen.

Plus he makes me believe in the power of software more than a bunch of marketing yahoos who are just tring to make their audio queues on time.

netsendjoe said,
Oh boy! What is Ballmer going to say this time that Microsoft will later have to retract?

Nothing but they'll be "handing" out free Microsoft branded chairs!

"You! I remember what you said about me - here, have a chair" **CRASH**

Actually, Bill Gates passed on the day to day duties to Steve Ballmer in 2000 when he became CEO, not 2009. Bill Gates took on the title Chief Software Architect in 2000.

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CoMMo said,
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So true though. It's what drives Windows, and makes it succeed. The operating system with most developers making apps for it is the operating system that wins.

This is good news, in a way, considering there were murmurings of NOT having Microsoft as the keynote and swaying to other companies... Apple.

cleverclogs said,
This is good news, in a way, considering there were murmurings of NOT having Microsoft as the keynote and swaying to other companies... Apple.

Apple doesn't do CES, in fact they have their own expo almost right after CES

warwagon said,
I wish they had someone who was fun the listen to.

“YOU TELL ME if I lack energy or conviction, or we're not driving all the change we need to drive.”
--Ballmer

FMH said,

“YOU TELL ME if I lack energy or conviction, or we're not driving all the change we need to drive.”
--Ballmer

Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers

-Steve "Monkey Man" Ballmer

warwagon said,
Look up steve ballmer monkey on youtube.

That would be "monkey boy"…
btw: Funny that everyone is always pointing to that video. Must be done right if the people are still remembering the icebreaker of that presentation…