Steve Ballmer gave his final keynote speech at 6:30 pm today in las vegas during the CES 2012 conference.
He spoke about Windows 8, Windows Phone, Kinect, Bing, Office and the Xbox. He didn’t talk about Windows Server at all (that I can remember).
Here’s my summary:
It was an interesting presentation and Steve Ballmer was in rare form. In a slighly cuious choice for the format, he was “interviewed” by Ryan Seacrest from TV’s American Idol.
Their banter back and forth was a little painful to watch at times but the technology was pretty solid.
She also demoed the following on Windows 8
She reiterated that late February is the windows 8 beta release timeframe.
She closed by showing (briefly) 2 new Ultrabooks. The HP Envy 14 Spectra UltraBook and the Samsung Series 9
She introduced another Microsoft Phrase to watch for “Windows 7 today, Windows 8 tomorrow”
This was hands down AWFUL. It was like what the heck? They brought out some gospel choir to sing about tweeting. I don’t want to say more than that. It was so awful that I need to forget it forever.
He described the Xbox as world sales leader for consoles
“We’re the sales user in consoles, we have 66 million Xbox users and over 40 million Xbox Live subscribers tuning in for a variety of different experiences.”
He gets to brag “I bet on it 10 years ago…”
“We’ve shipped over 18 million Kinect Sensors in a little over a year. Kinect, as we begin to integrate Bing into the Xbox experience, it will really transform the TV experience. You just say it and the Xbox goes and finds it.”
Craig Davidson comes on to the stage, Senior Director of Xbox. He does a brief Xbox demo.
They announced a partnership with News Corporation, bringing Fox, WJS, Fox News and IGN to the Xbox.
They did a really fantastic interactive demo of an Xbox Sesame Street game. It was an nteractive demo with cookie monster and grover and coconuts. Very very cool.
Next, they showed the old Kinect video we have already seen.
Kinect is coming to windows on February 1st, 2012. You can preorder it here. –
Microsoft is working with over 200 companies to develop apps for Kinect for Windows.
Steve Ballmer waxes nostalgic towards the end.
He talks about some of the things Microsoft have accomplished:
His parting message was that Windows 8 is critical for the company and as he said remember:
Windows Windows Windows!
Metro, Metro, Metro!