When Steve Ballmer makes the opening keynote speech at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) next year, it will be the company’s last and they will not be taking a stand at the event either in the future. This marks the end of twenty years at the CES for Microsoft and although there are various reasons for this being pushed around, it is believed that the CES are planning to increase the charges for keynote speakers and therefore maybe this has pushed Microsoft away.
According to Frank X. Shaw who is the Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications at Microsoft, he has said in a posting on the Microsoft blog;
We have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES. We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing.
Source [The Register]