Microsoft at 2012 CES: Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox Take Center Stage



“Metro will drive the magic,” says Steve Ballmer as Microsoft shows off Windows 8, announces Kinect for Windows and more.

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 10, 2012 – From a preview of Windows 8 to the latest Windows Phones from Nokia, there’s a sense of anticipation for the latest Microsoft tech, and nowhere is that excitement more palpable than at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show.

At the Microsoft keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined host Ryan Seacrest on stage to look at the latest from Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox teams. Windows Phone’s Derek Snyder showed off the Local Scout on Windows Phone, among other features. Chief Marketing Officer, Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller played a game of “Cut the Rope” and previewed Windows 8, including the Windows Store, and Metro-inspired design features. The Xbox team demoed the latest Xbox 360 experience, including the “You Say It, Xbox Finds It” Bing integration, as well as voice and gesture recognition via Kinect. The Xbox team also showed off the two-way interactive television experience available via Kinect by playing a game with Grover on “Sesame Street.” Microsoft also announced that the Kinect for Windows SDK will be available Feb. 1. See a quick recap of all the keynote news on the Official Microsoft Blog.

As the first full day of 2012 CES gets underway, visitors can see a full array of cool Windows PCs and get hands on with Windows Phones, Kinect for Xbox 360 and much more at the Microsoft booth. The “What’s Next” section of the booth brings the future to Las Vegas, with the latest forward-looking tech from Microsoft Research and other groups.

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