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Microsoft to End Participation in CES Keynotes After 2012

Following Apple's lead in pulling out of Macworld Expo several years ago, Microsoft today announced that next month's keynote presentation at CES in Las Vegas will be the company's last at the major consumer electronics show.

In its announcement, Microsoft cites many of the same factors addressed by Apple as reasons for its ending of trade show participation. Most notably, trade shows have become less relevant for new product announcements given the increasing connectedness and interactivity offered by the Internet and social media, and in many cases the scheduled nature of trade shows imposes undesired rigidity on timeframes for new product announcements.
Our industry moves fast and changes faster. And so the way we communicate with our customers must change in equally speedy ways. To ensure it does, we constantly challenge our assumptions. For example:

- What’s the right time and place to make announcements?
- Are we adjusting to the changing dynamics of our customers?
- Are we doing something because it’s the right thing to do, or because “it’s the way we’ve always done it”?
Microsoft points to its own media and developer events, social media tools, and even its retail stores as venues for connecting with customers that provide better opportunities than trade show keynotes.

Microsoft will maintain a presence at CES going forward with its employees attending the event, but the company will no longer participate in the opening keynote as it has routinely done, and will not sponsor a booth on the exhibition floor after 2012.



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93 months ago

Microsoft copying Apple strategy. What's new?

Too bad the Redmond copy machines don't realize that Apple and MS have different target audiences.


Wait apple owns that strategy? Did they patent that too? :rolleyes:
Rating: 30 Votes
93 months ago

Microsoft copying Apple strategy. What's new?

Too bad the Redmond copy machines don't realize that Apple and MS have different target audiences.


Copying Apple again


What grade are you guys in? 5th?
Rating: 26 Votes
93 months ago

Microsoft copying Apple strategy. What's new?

Too bad the Redmond copy machines don't realize that Apple and MS have different target audiences.


You people seriously need to get over yourselves.
Rating: 17 Votes
93 months ago
Good, I generally don't care that a software maker(Microsoft) is at CES. I want to see innovative hardware...
Rating: 14 Votes
93 months ago
I like how Macrumors makes an Apple mention in a way that makes it seem like Microsoft is copying Apple on this non story. Great way to keep those who see Apple as a religion really riled up. I still haven't seen this news on non Apple tech sites, so it's odd to see it here.
Rating: 14 Votes
93 months ago

Dear Microsoft,

where's your January 2010 slate tablet vaporware (https://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/06/microsoft-ceo-steve-ballmer-officially-opens-ces-with-evening-keynote/) now?


Hum... it's for sale in retail outlets and on the web :

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/321957-321957-64295-3841267-3955550-4332585.html

Vaporware ? I don't think that means what you think it means.
Rating: 13 Votes
93 months ago
When I read the opening line to this article I thought to myself "Oh I bet this thread will be full of parody jokes about Microsoft copying Apple".

Turns out they weren't jokes.
Rating: 13 Votes
93 months ago

What grade are you guys in? 5th?


Smartest post in the thread so far.
Rating: 12 Votes
93 months ago
If you've seen one Consumer Electronics Show, you've seen them all.
Rating: 11 Votes
93 months ago

Apple develops the Apple II... IBM follows with the PC (running MS DOS)


Hum... this page might make an interesting read for you : http://www.blinkenlights.com/pc.shtml. Wooa, IBM got there in 1975 with the IBM 5100 Portable computer. Not to mention everything before it.

Xerox develops the Alto ... Apple follows with the Mac... Microsoft follows with Windows


Fixed that there for you.

Creative Labs develops the Nomad... Apple follows with the iPod... Microsoft follows with the Zune


Even Apple admits so much in the keynote introducing the iPod...

Microsoft develops Windows Mobile... Apple follows with the iPhone...


Oups, you got that one reversed... Heck, Microsoft weren't even first there...

Tons of people do tablets including Microsoft ... Apple develops the iPad... Microsoft follows with Windows 8


What does Windows 8 have to do with the iPad ? And if you want to claim that, what about Windows XP tablet edition ?

Apple leaves MacWorld Expo... Microsoft follows and leaves CES

Any other questions about copying?


Yes, where did you get all that misinformation ?
Rating: 9 Votes

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