According to sources from the Consumer Electronics Association, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer will continue what is already a tradition and will keynote CES for next year. His presentation on the 5th of January will continue the series of openings made by Microsoft CEOs but this time will come after a few promises that failed to arrive, the most prominent being the HP Windows 7 tablet. The device was intended to strike against the Apple’s iPad, but would not be released anymore.
Hewlett Packard had advertised the slate during the first months of this year but became more and more quiet as it was clear that the device would never ship. It changed tactics abruptly after acquiring Palm and switched suddenly attention towards prospecting webOS tablets, even going to the point of downplaying a desktop OS for tablets. There were some voices to claim that the Windows slate has been killed immediately, but there are others to say it would ship in October, ten months later than the January keynote and about half a year alter than the iPad.
Other highlights of Steve Ballmer’s January keynote, the Xbox 360 and Windows 7 were successful, but balanced by short-lived attention of Microsoft to Windows Mobile. After touting the HTC’s HD2 as the Windows Mobile flagship, the device became obsolete as the recently revealed Windows Phone 7 could never be used by the HD2.
Another failed project of the company was the Kin, which was killed within no more than six weeks although it had been claimed as part of the company’s Windows Phone brand.