End of an Era: Microsoft Pulling Out of CES after 2012
"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," Microsoft explained in a blog post.
Microsoft's upcoming keynote -- it's last -- marks the end of an era and caps off a relationship that's nearly two-decades old. It's also hardly surprising when you consider the lack of major announcements from Microsoft at CES. Still, it's a big loss for a convention that, quite frankly, seems to have shrunk a little bit in recent years, though it appears to have been a mutual decision.
"In the fourteen years that we have invited Microsoft to deliver a keynote address at CES, the company has unveiled some great innovations, from operating systems to gaming platforms to mobile technologies," the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said in a statement. "Both CEA and Microsoft have agreed that the time has come to end this great run, and so Microsoft will not have a keynote at the 2013 CES."