Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote presentation

The Consumer Electronics Association kicked off the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) tonight with a pre-show opening keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Entertainment & Devices President Robbie Bach.

During his keynote Ballmer showed current and future hardware shown on stage, including:

• A touch-enabled Windows 7 tablet PC from HP
• A Sony VAIO L all-in-one PC with a 24-inch touchscreen
• The Lenovo A300 with a 21.5-inch HD widescreen addition LED display

In, Ballmer announced that Microsoft and HP are teaming up on search and portal experiences. Bing will be the default search engine, and MSN the default homepage on HP PCs in 42 countries.

Following the release of Windows Mobile 6.5 in October, Ballmer announced the upcoming exclusive availability of the HTC HD2 in partnership with T-Mobile USA, Inc. and HTC.

Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division President Robbie Bach followed Ballmer on stage and outlined the company’s strategy of connecting the personal computer, mobile devices, television and the Internet. Bach also covered “Project Natal,” the controller-free gaming experience that tracks body movements and facial expressions and responds to voice commands and is scheduled to be available in holiday season 2010.

In lieu of an Ambien (or five), watch the video via Microsoft’s web site here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yawnfest as usual. Someone forgot to provide Fester with some content to go along with all that filler. The amount of nothingness they have to show for all their billions of dollars and 93,000 employees astounds even us. Microsoft is a company bereft of interesting ideas coasting on past intellectual property thefts and the benefits of largely-unpunished monopoly abuse that’s headed by a clueless buffoon who once got a very fortunate dorm assignment. The good news is, of course, that The Dark Ages of Personal Computing are rapidly coming to a close. Enjoy the renaissance!

Our customary toast: May Steve Ballmer remain Microsoft CEO for as long as it takes!

[UPDATE: Jan. 7, 2010, 11:59am ET: changed “laptop” to “PC” in Sony bullet point.]

76 Comments

  1. “A Sony VAIO L all-in-one laptop with a 24-inch touchscreen”

    I sure as hell don’t want to travel with a 24-inch “laptop” let alone sit it on my lap!

    Especially with flights to the US banning almost all carry-on luggage, who’d be stupid enough to pack this in their checked baggage?

    The only thing these are good for are presentation machines, and that’s a pretty limited market.

  2. Microsoft- Perpetually boring and DISengaging. Seriously?!? During the time that innovation is swirling about their collective head, they are still only talking about mobile- desktop- living room convergence while Apple is 2-3 years ahead. It’s getting beyond embarrassing here…

  3. Ok, I recovered from the shock.

    Now the question: what in the hell do I need a “Surface” laptop computer for?

    A 24 inch laptop? Is this for real?

    24 inchs? Is steve Ballmer compensating for a something?

    Surface for the lap- NO, I need drugs!

  4. Blew. Me. Away. Ballmer NAILED IT! MAC smugly tries to peddle little me-too wannabe Zunes while Microsoft is changing the world. Again.

    MAC better get their sh!t together to stop the parade of revolutionary innovations that will be marching out of Redmond this year. Brilliant job as always Mr. Ballmer. Already looking forward to next year’s trouncing of MAC.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  5. Does the mstouchtablet have a keyboard nailed to the back of it?

    Because in 2007 Ballmer said of the iPhone: “it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard. Which makes it not a very good e-mail machine.”

    Since that’s his vision, their tablet should have a nice two pound keyboard. And an optional seventeen button mouse.

  6. You can say what you want about Ballmer, but looking at that picture of him above, I’m reminded of what a snappy dresser he is.

    I also like it when he opens his mouth like that. And I hope he stuck his tongue out during the presentation. That’s one of his classic moves.

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