Microsoft at CES: In-Car Tech, Windows Phones, Zune, Bing and Lots of PCs
Microsoft's booth at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of if not the largest exhibit on the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor this week. CIO.com's Al Sacco brings the action to you without the hassle of CES crowds via this image tour of Microsoft's presence at the nation's biggest consumer tech event.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Attendees of this week’s 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas would be
hard-put to miss software-heavy Microsoft at the event. That’s because Microsoft not only
setup one of the largest and eye-catching–think funky mood-lighting–booths on the whole
show floor, its exhibit is situated just inside the entrance to the Las Vegas Convention
Center’s central hall, as if to greet all new arrivals.
The company’s most significant announcements probably relate to its Mediaroom 2.0 product, which television operators can employ to enhance their options for providing cutting-edge television service and viewing choices to customers. (Read about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote here.)
But I’m a hardware-geek, and as such, the products that grabbed my attention were the
in-vehicle systems, the newest Windows Phones, Zune and accessories and the innovative PCs
and netbooks from a variety of manufacturers.
Microsoft also did a great job of making its CES-experience as interactive as possible,
letting attendees sit in various vehicles to play with new in-car tech, paw whatever new
Windows Phones may have caught their eyes, handle the latest and greatest PCs and
netbooks–even make music together by tapping panels along the booth-walls in sync with
other CES-goers to stress how well the company’s products are supposed to work together.
Check out the following image tour of Redmond’s booth for a firsthand look at what
Microsoft’s showing to the world at CES.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.