CES 2011: Ballmer CES Keynote Opens Show


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.


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