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CES 2011: Ballmer CES Keynote Opens Show

1/06/2011 02:47:56 AM Eastern

Las Vegas - In a CES dominated by tablet PC talk, Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer briefly touched upon the topic.

Instead, the most interesting part of Ballmer's talk took place
at the very end when he mentioned how the upcoming Windows 8 operating system
would be optimized for mobile processors being developed by Nvidia, Texas
Instruments and Qualcomm.

"This is an exciting time for our industry and for consumers.
Whatever device you use, now or in the future, Windows will be there," Ballmer
said.

Microsoft's Kinect sensor system took most of the spotlight with
Ballmer stating the device blew passed the company's sales goals.

"We expected to sell 5 million units during the holiday season,
but sold 8 million," he said.

Kinect will gain facial recognition capability to a user's avatar
can react to how the person looks. This upgrade will be free to xBox Live Gold
members.

Other upgrades include giving the Netflix and Hulu Plus apps on
the xBox the ability to interact with Kinect's motion detection system. This
should happen during the spring.

Ballmer's quick glance at Microsoft's product roadmap included a
demonstration of several Windows office titles working on Nvidia, Texas
Instruments, and Qualcomm Arm-based processors that were included in a tablet
PC and an ultra thin notebook.

Ballmer called Microsoft's support for the system on a chip
products being developed as extremely important to the company going forward.