More information about Microsoft's CES 2013 departure

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that it would no longer hold a keynote speech nor have an exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show at CES 2013. The announcement made it sound like it was Microsoft's choice to pull out of CES after next month's show in Las Vegas. Now rumors have hit the Internet that make the circumstances surrounding Microsoft's departure a little more complicated.

The rumors began with an article at the New York Times, with a statement made by Jason Oxman, the senior vice president of the Consumer Electronics Association. The CEA is the industry trade group that owns and runs CES. The article states, via Oxman, that the CEA had decided to give the show's opening keynote to a company other than Microsoft for CES 2013. Microsoft has had the privilege of giving the opening keynote address at CES for the past 14 years. Oxman claims that the parting of the ways between the CEA and Microsoft "had not been acrimonious."

However, GigaOM, citing unnamed Microsoft sources, says differently. It claims that when the CEA made the move to not to have a Microsoft opening keynote for CES 2013, Microsoft decided to pull out of its huge CES exhibit hall space at the Las Vegas Convention Center as a response.

Now The Verge, citing its own unnamed Microsoft sources, says that the truth is that the CEA was asking for more money from Microsoft to keep its opening keynote speech slot at CES. In the end, Microsoft decided that the money it would have to spend would not be worth it to continue to keep going as a CES participant. It also describes the departure as amicable between Microsoft and the CEA.

The New York Times article does point out that it has been years since Microsoft has made any major product or news announcements at CES. The company may be saving some big reveals for other trade shows such as the mobile phone-themed Mobile World Congress in February and the E3 video game trade show in June.

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Whats really suspicious, is that this is supposed to be the "smart people" forums, yet half of the people posting responses to articles can't even spell 100% or use the correct grammar.

"now their is stronger competition" .. awesome
"billions of costumers" .. even better

But in a more article related post, yes, CES is already well on its way to meeting Comdex in the grave. Every year I went almost every person I talked to that wasn't actually running a booth or event started wondering why the hell even come any more.

Kelxin said,
Whats really suspicious, is that this is supposed to be the "smart people" forums, yet half of the people posting responses to articles can't even spell 100% or use the correct grammar.

"now their is stronger competition" .. awesome
"billions of costumers" .. even better

But in a more article related post, yes, CES is already well on its way to meeting Comdex in the grave. Every year I went almost every person I talked to that wasn't actually running a booth or event started wondering why the hell even come any more.

ow you can see why the English language as been now dubbed as the dumb language.

KomaWeiss said,

ow you can see why the English language as been now dubbed as the dumb language.


So says the guy that uses no punctuation, capitalization, or any form of sentence structure. Good show.

And here I was thinking that the grammar Nazis of yore were long extinct. The delicious irony of course is that, excluding your vain attempt to post something constructive, you're the least relevant commenter in the entire thread.

At least those with the poor spelling had something interesting to say.

Majesticmerc said,
And here I was thinking that the grammar Nazis of yore were long extinct. The delicious irony of course is that, excluding your vain attempt to post something constructive, you're the least relevant commenter in the entire thread.

At least those with the poor spelling had something interesting to say.

Oops. forgive me for my two misspellings.

CES doesn't fit in well with MS's schedule, they don't release anything new that early in the year and there are other shows that target specific things that fit better, like the article says, MWC for new Windows Phone news, and E3 for new Xbox News. As far as Windows and Office etc, MS has their own shows for those.

Besides, very few things at CES are even ready to ship, it's like a early year preview but the cool stuff you see there is still months away from retail, so while it's nice, it's also kinda pointless you could say. CES could go the way of Comdex in a few years.

GP007 said,
CES doesn't fit in well with MS's schedule, they don't release anything new that early in the year and there are other shows that target specific things that fit better, like the article says, MWC for new Windows Phone news, and E3 for new Xbox News. As far as Windows and Office etc, MS has their own shows for those.

Besides, very few things at CES are even ready to ship, it's like a early year preview but the cool stuff you see there is still months away from retail, so while it's nice, it's also kinda pointless you could say. CES could go the way of Comdex in a few years.

Absolutely. And the really cool stuff never even sees release... It's kind of become a venue to show off what these companies *can* do, though not economically...

In fairness, Microsoft like Apple really do not need to be there. They both are still very powerful and huge companies with the backing of millions/billions of costumers. Most techies already know what these two companies have to offer, hence why spent the money showing off something that is already being shown by the likes of Neowin, Softpedia, etc.

Pam14160 said,
In fairness, Microsoft like Apple really do not need to be there. They both are still very powerful and huge companies with the backing of millions/billions of costumers. Most techies already know what these two companies have to offer, hence why spent the money showing off something that is already being shown by the likes of Neowin, Softpedia, etc.

Agreed. They haven't used CES as a launchpad for anything in a long time.

well this is understandable from all sides.. 14 years ago Microsoft was a behemoth and the main technology company.. now their is stronger competition, CES just wants to give these other companies a chance which will probably make more money in the long run