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The Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place from Jan. 10-13 in Las Vegas, will no longer have one of its key players after 2012. Microsoft announced that it will no longer have a booth at CES after the 2012 show. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and former CEO Bill Gates had usually delivered the keynote address for the show’s opening.
Microsoft still plans to participate in the show in 2013 and beyond, but in what capacity is still unclear. "We'll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone, and entertainment industries, but we won't have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don't align with the show's January timing," Microsoft corporate communications vice president Frank Shaw stated in a press release.
Microsoft usually makes a number of Xbox-related announcements at CES, the most important being when they revealed the final design of the original Xbox back in 2001.