Here’s Everything You Missed From Steve Ballmer’s Final CES Keynote Last Night

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LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave the company’s last opening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show last night.In a year that’s supposed to be huge for Microsoft, almost nothing new was announced. We heard the same stuff about Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox that we’ve been hearing for months (or in some cases, at least a year.)

But hey, Ryan Seacrest was there.

And so was a gospel choir that interrupted the show to start singing tweets sent by the audience. 

For an event that said nothing new, we still got a great look at what Microsoft’s 2012 is going to look like. Keep reading to see what you missed.

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title=”First, Gary Shapiro, the head of the CEA, welcomed Ballmer on stage. He said that even though this was Microsoft’s final keynote, it’s not the end of the company’s relationship with the CEA. He even opened up the possibility that Microsoft could come back one day.”
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title=”Whoa! There’s Ryan Seacrest. He was the evening’s host. He and Ballmer sat at this table for most of the event while other Microsoft employees came out for demos. (Seacrest made a great joke that Microsoft’s “Metro” design was named after him.)”
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title=”The beginning of the event was all about Windows Phone. Here’s Ballmer showing off his new Nokia Lumia 900, the first Windows Phone from Nokia that will launch in the U.S. It’s gorgeous. (Ballmer also had a missed call from Bill Gates.)”
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title=”Ballmer and Seacrest would quietly chat while demos were going on. Adorable.”
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title=”Next, we got a look at Windows 8 for tablets. Here’s the lock screen. You can unlock the device by programming areas on the photo you want to tap.”
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title=”Here’s one of the demo tablets running Windows 8. It actually looks pretty good. Windows 8 will run on both Intel and ARM processors, so expect to see tablets from pretty much every manufacturer out there.”
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title=”We also got a look at a bunch of super thin Ultrabooks that run Windows 7. These will all be eligible for Windows 8 upgrades”
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title=”Now it’s time for Xbox. We got a cool demo of how voice control works with Xbox and the Kinect. Just shout out a movie or game and Xbox opens it.”
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title=”Microsoft now has a partnership with News Corporation to provide new content on Xbox. Below are some of the brands you’ll get.”
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title=”Microsoft hired a child actor to show off this new interactive Sesame Street game on Kinect. The characters react in real time to what you’re doing in the living room. (By the way, Microsoft claimed the girl was three years old. She looked at least 10. Oh, child actors!)”
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title=”That’s it! So is there anything new coming from Microsoft this year? Well, no. At least nothing we haven’t already heard of. Ballmer ended the keynote by screaming (literally) that 2012 was going to be all about Windows 8 and Windows Phone. In his words it’s going to be all: “METRO! METRO! METRO! METRO!””
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title=”What else did you miss at CES?”
content=”Click here for our Day 1 roundup >
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