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Live: Microsoft's CES 2010 keynote

updated 11:15 pm EST, Wed January 6, 2010

Ballmer, Bach head Microsoft news

Electronista was at Microsoft's keynote for CES 2010 providing live coverage. Steve Ballmer and Robbie Bach made several new announcements, including a talked-about HP tablet and some Xbox 360 updates. Updates as always are in reverse chronological order, Pacific time.

Keynote ends.

8:11PM: Wrapping up here. If this is 2010, imagine what computing will be like in another 10 years.

8:09PM Project Natal comes up; recapping the concept of a motion driven game controller.

Natal will ship holiday 2010. Lots of "progress" made since E3.

8:02PM: Robbie Bach on stage. Shows Game Room for Xbox 360. Relive classic arcade games as they were originally made. For Xbox and [believed] Windows PC. 1,000 games coming over the next 3 years.

7:48PM: Microsoft shows the HP slate PC. Runs Windows 7, works in portrait or landscape, due later this year. Obviously running x86 processor. Running Kindle software as a demo.

7:38PM Windows Media Center demo. Note: our battery is very low; coverage may stop soon.

7:30PM Showed the Blio reader (already public) with interactive diagrams, video and text-to-speech. Showing Office 2010, including Powerpoint. Ballmer's three top things in a Powerpoint slide are "developers, developers, developers."

7:24PM: Showing new (announced) Windows systems: Lenovo A300, Sony VAIO L, Dell Adamo XPS, ASUS NX90 concept, HP Envy 15, Toshiba Qosmio X505, ASUS G51.

DirectX 11 coming in a few weeks.

7:17PM: Extols Windows Mobile devices and points out that the HTC HD2 will ship to T-Mobile USA soon.

Black Friday: Windows PC sales up 63% year-over-year.

7:11PM: Bing the default search, MSN the default homepage on HP's PCs.

7:09PM: Over 39 million Xbox 360s, more than 500 million games sold. Talks about Bing "resignating" (resonating) with users.

7:07PM: A view into 3 aspects of MS strategy: importance of PC and the TV, the cloud and natural user interfaces. The "digital middle class" is growing fast and needs help.

7:02PM: Steve Ballmer onstage: discusses impact of MS tech on 2009. Video of SNL writer in funny ways tech has "helped" him.

6:57PM: Starting with CEA head Gary Shapiro. Talking about 2010 as a turning point following tough 2009.

6:54PM: Microsoft keynote finally starting after "power problems," though Ballmer's not yet on stage.

6:25PM: Waiting for the keynote; floating images from Microsoft's various products on the displays. The room is packed as it often is with the company's keynotes.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Starting late!

    Hmmm... Microsoft keynote starts a half hour late because of power problems or did it just take that long for Ballmer to boot up?

  1. FastAMX79

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2000


    lol power problems

    must be some code word for 'blue screen of death'

    When doesn't MS have an issue? When their product is still sitting on the shelf at one of the MS copy-cat stores?

  1. peter02l

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2009


    What a stunt!

    HP has no intention of releasing this. It is purposely designed to look like an oversized iPod (as therefore the Apple tablet) so that Apple would be compelled to sue them. Then HP can generate bad publicity about Apple and claim they were forced to abandon their tablet or redesign it because of Apple threats. Or, if Apple stays silent, this would give all other hardware manufacturers the excuse to copy Apple designs wholesale.

  1. Okonomiyaki

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2003


    Just imagine another 10 years!

    It'll be so amazing! We'll have Windows 8 and IE 9!

  1. mrrwthird


    Joined: Feb 2008


    What a ridiculous conclusion.

    "If this is 2010, imagine what computing will be like in another 10 years."

    Can you imagine Steve Jobs saying that? Or any automaker's CEO who had just demoed their 2010 models? "Impressed? Well, either way, just wait 'til you see the stuff we haven't even dreamed up yet!"

    That can be their new marketing campaign.

    MICROSOFT: expecting the future of computing to unfold later

  1. igroucho

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2005


    Let's dance

    no annual chimp-dance yet??

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005


    Ballmer The Visionary

    Absolutely amazing - amazing how badly Ballmer wishes to be Steve Jobs. Another article even referred to Ballmer wearing his "trademark" red sweater. Barf.

    If MS is this far out of it in 2010, imagine what they'll have been reduced to or if they'll even exist as is in 10 years.

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