*“Metro will drive the magic,” says Steve Ballmer as Microsoft shows off Windows 8, announces Kinect for Windows and more.*
LAS VEGAS – From ultra-thin Windows PCs 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.
About the image: Ryan Seacrest with Steve Ballmer at CES 2012. Microsoft CES Keynote host Ryan Seacrest checks out Steve Ballmer’s Windows Phone.
About the image: A Phone Designed with You in Mind. Derek Snyder, senior product manager for the Windows Phone division, shows off the latest phones from Microsoft and partners, including Nokia and HTC, during the company’s keynote at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev.
About the image: Windows 8 Demoed at CES. Microsoft’s Tami Reller, chief marketing officer, Windows and Windows Live, demonstrates touch capabilities on Windows 8 during the company’s keynote at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev.
About the image: The Magic of Kinect. Microsoft special guest Ainsley tosses coconuts with Grover as part of a Sesame Street episode that demonstrates how TV can be interactive with Kinect and Xbox 360 during Microsoft’s keynote at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev.
About the image: Microsoft’s Video Wall. A 2012 CES participant takes a photo of the video wall in the Microsoft booth. Last Vegas, Nev., Jan. 10, 2012.
About the image: Checking in at Home. TV host Santiago Do Rego of TN Tecno in Argentina talks to his family in Buenos Aires using Skype at the Microsoft booth at CES on Jan. 10, 2012.
About the image: Windows 8 Demo Draws a Crowd. Microsoft’s Alice Steinglass demos Windows 8 to a packed house at CES on Jan. 10, 2012.
About the image: Windows Phone Showcased. 2012 CES attendees check out Microsoft’s Windows Phone display at the Microsoft booth on Jan. 10, 2012.
About the image: Windows Phones from the Microsoft CES Keynote. The Windows Phones Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed during his 2012 CES keynote (left to right): the HTC Titan 2, the Nokia Lumia 900, the Nokia Lumia 800, and the Nokia Lumia 710. The Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan 2 will be coming to AT&T’s LTE Network soon and the Lumia 710 will be released by T-Mobile on Jan. 11.
About the image: Close Up: Nokia Lumia 900. Casey McGee, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, demos the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone at the Microsoft booth on Jan. 10. The Lumia 900 will be coming to AT&T’s LTE Network soon.
About the image: Bing on Surface 2.0. Next at Microsoft blogger Steve Clayton uses Bing to search for images of Las Vegas on Microsoft Surface 2.0’s Samsung SUR40 at CES on Jan. 10, 2012.
About the image: Kinect-Powered Virtual Fitting Room. Next at Microsoft blogger Steve Clayton uses Swivel, a new application from FaceCake, that uses Kinect for Windows to create a virtual fitting room in the Microsoft booth at CES on Jan. 10, 2012.
About the image: Kicking It with Kinect. Iker Borbea of Naucalpan Mexico and Carlos Gorbea of Mexico City play a Kinect for Xbox 360 game in the Microsoft booth at CES on Jan. 10, 2012.
About the image: Smoked by Windows Phone. Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph beat David Wyeld in a challenge to see who could take a photo and post it to Facebook faster – Rudolph won using his Windows Phone HTC Titan 1 and Wyeld lost with his iPhone 4S. For his trouble Wyeld walked away with a new HTC Titan 1 – if he had won Rudolph would have paid him $100.
About the image: Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is among several pieces of Microsoft hardware on display at the Microsoft booth at CES 2012. The Arc Touch Mouse won a 2011 IDEA Gold Award for design excellence and a 2011 Red Dot award where it was named “Best of the Best.”
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.