Microsoft fails to light up Las Vegas

Irish Times: "Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer last night delivered his last keynote speech ahead of the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show today, discussing motion control for the desktop, an update for Windows Phone and Microsoft’s latest operating system.

The tech firm, which has delivered several of the opening speeches at the Las Vegas conference over the years, brought little that was new to the crowd who had gathered from early in the day to get a spot at Microsoft’s swansong.

The tech giant said last week that it would take a break from the show in 2013, as the timing of the show does not fit in with its product release schedule, and chief executive Steve Ballmer’s keynote certainly hammered the point home.

Mr Ballmer confirmed its motion control system for the Xbox, Kinect, would be coming to Windows in February, and also showed off some Windows 8 devices to the crowd. But what it lacked in shock announcements, it made up for in enthusiasm."

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