Yesterday I wrote about this will be Microsoft’s last keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2012. Microsoft has had a 20-year working relationship with the Consumer Electronics Association and has given 14 keynotes. Microsoft decided to end the keynotes because they have realized that their product roadmaps aren’t exactly aligned with the CES in January. The CEA Staff released this statement about Microsoft leaving:
In the fourteen years that we have invited Microsoft to deliver a keynote address at CES, the company has unveiled some great innovations, from operating systems to gaming platforms to mobile technologies. Both CEA and Microsoft have agreed that the time has come to end this great run, and so Microsoft will not have a keynote at the 2013 CES.
The International CES is widely recognized as the world?s best stage for technology debuts, and each year we experience incredible demand from the world?s leading technology companies for invitations to keynote at CES. We will announce our amazing lineup of keynoters for the 2013 CES beginning in the summer of 2012.
Microsoft has also informed us that, although their plans for the 2013 CES are not yet finalized, they will not request the Central Hall exhibit space that they have used in past years. Given the huge success of the 2012 CES, with more than 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space (the second largest show floor in our history) and more than 2,700 exhibitors, we have received expressions of interest for that space from the long waiting list for Central Hall exhibit space. Exhibitors will choose space for the 2013 CES during the 2012 show, and in past years available Central Hall exhibit space has sold out within hours.
Microsoft is an important member of CEA and we wish them all the best as they evolve their plans for new ways to tell consumer stories. We also look forward to their CES keynote on January 9, 2012.