Microsoft Keynote @ CES 2010

CES 2010 is underway in Las Vegas, and Microsoft's keynote speech by Steve Ballmer is one of the first major events that kick-off CES.


Balmer
Steve Ballmer delivering 2010 CES Keynote Speech

 

Microsoft has had a busy year in 2009 and has made a bunch of new announcements for 2010. Let's recap some of the big releases by Microsoft in 2009:

Launched in 2009:

  • Bing - Now has over 11 Million users. Now the default search engine on HP computers.
  • Zune now available in 17 countries
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Windows 7 - Achieved 94% Customer satisfaction
  • XBOX 360 - Monster year for XBOX, over $20 Billion in sales.


The releases for 2010 might not be as big as the ones from 2009, however Microsoft has some very interesting projects that they are working on:

Upcoming in 2010

  • Halo:Reach - newest game in the Halo series to be released Fall 2010 (Beta test Spring 2010)
  • GameRoom - old school games from Intelivision and Atari and older arcade games, Microsoft is planning on adding 1,000 games over the next 3 years.
  • Project Natal - planned launch for the holiday season 2010
  • Bleo (B!) - Ebook reader software
 
Project Natal
Robbie Back (Microsoft Entertainment) discussing Project Natal

Another interesting announcement that Steve Ballmer made was regarding a new slate PC (Tablet PC) from HP. Not much was said about it, however Ballmer did showcase it (and it was running Windows 7 of course). No other details were released, but it appears that HP is joining the Tablet/Slate market which isn't too surprising.

 

HP Slate
Steve Ballmer with the unreleased Tablet PC from HP
 

If you're interested, you can check out all of the pictures in the January 6, 2010 CES Gallery here and go and listen to WTU Episode #26 from Las Vegas over hereAll of our CES coverage can be found over here.