updated 04:25 am EST, Wed January 5, 2011
New UI will be absent, but new feature demoed
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will tease Windows at the Microsoft Keynote at CES later today, according to a report. Ballmer will make a number of announcements regarding Windows Phone 7, Xbox and Windows. The main announcement will reportedly center on a version of Windows that will run on ARM microarchitecture, as has been rumoredin recent days. Sources familiar with the matter are also predicting that Ballmer will demo a new feature of Windows 8 for the first time.
During the Gartner Symposium last October, Ballmer suggested that Windows 8 would be Microsoft's "riskiest product yet." What remains unclear is whether this could involve a radical overhaul of the OS. According to the Winrumors report, Ballmer will not reveal any elements of the UI, but will demonstrate a new functionality as he had with Windows 7 multi-touch capabilities at the All Things Digital conference back in May 2008. At that time, Ballmer showcased the feature without revealing any UI elements.
Also expected to be announced by Ballmer is that ARM chip fabricators including Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have entered into agreements with Microsoft in order to produce chipsets that will be compatible with the slate optimized version of Windows 8.