Is 2012 the Last year that Microsoft Dominates CES?
Mighty Microsoft ends run of Keynote Speech introductions for 14 Years at CES.
Yeah, okay, I love Microsoft Operating Systems. I don't like everything about them, may even have some affectionate names for the OS. But at the end of the day I have made a living fixing Microsoft Operating system hiccups for over a decade. I must stop here and say thank you as well. That really was job security whether I recognized it as such publicly or not. Now that we have seen the supposed 14th and final appearance of Microsoft at CES, I would like to say thank you for all the good things we have seen in that booth across from the front door.
As you start with the Microsoft Booth, you notice maps, tvs with browsers on them, and then the video game section. Yes, the video games that you interact with have come a long way. This part of their booth took most of my attention, prior to the Windows 8 show that I was waiting for. The body as a controller, or active participant, is here to stay as laser range finders, measure distance to the back wall, blank space, or through the door behind you. The rangefinders and the cameras then see you hop in, or out of, or to the right of, or left of the frame. The sensitivity of the systems will continue to increase, but the games are now recognizing 2 positions per appendage, and handling room spaces very well. The new systems are sensitive enough to tell the angle of your arm, whether you are flexing your wrist, and then whether your hand is in a fist or doing "Spirit Fingers" through the dance moves. The interpreted information is becoming nearly seamless to the game play, and the opportunities for training are about to be interesting. In the mean time, go dance with your XBox for inspiration!
And then the Windows 8 Presentation started. The photo to the right is what your new desktop looks like in Windows Version 8. Prepare to have to find things, understand the work flow inside of Windows again, and hunt for buttons. The idea is/was to streamline the whole of the system. It certainly is pretty, and the engineer giving the presentation sure made it look fast, but I'm not convinced yet. I really hope the Microsoft teams take the exodus from XP to Version 7 to heart. If I have to train someone on a new system, I have no vested tie into the old hardware or software any more. The obsolescence of hardware (under 3 months from purchase) makes the move to a new IOS, Linux, or alternative system easier than it has ever been before. I look forward to getting home and downloading a copy of the test scripts to work with... boy I hope Microsoft has a big home run here or I fear for their future in the OS industry as the gorilla. The OS ecosystem may be about as competitive as the browser arena.
Steve Balmer, seen to the right, accepted a collage commemorating the 14 year run of keynote speech deliveries by Microsoft Executives at CES 2012. Does this really mark the end of a legacy? Is this a publicity stunt for Windows 8? We'll only know after the first day of CES show 2013.
Will we see you there too?