Ballmer to drill down on Windows 8 for CES 2012 keynote

According to sources at Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer’s 2012 CES keynote is set focus on Windows 8.

As Ballmer plans to alight to the CES stage to deliver a Windows 8 sermon, it is somewhat likely that his speech will mirror his 2009 keynote, in which he announced the public beta of Windows 7, and will include the release of the public beta of Windows 8.

It has leaked extensively that Microsoft plans to release a beta of Windows 8 at the upcoming BUILD conference this year, which would put the public beta in January at CES right on schedule.

Assuming that we do see the first beta at BUILD, and the public beta at CES, we should expect to see Windows 8 released in late 2012, likely in time for the holiday season.

Ballmer will be on stage at 6:30PM, Monday January 9th, at the Venetian.