Microsoft is expected to deliver a “dazzling” send-off at its last Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, according to analysts, with demonstrations of both Windows Phone devices and the eagerly-awaited Windows 8 operating system.
Microsoft is expected to deliver a “dazzling” send-off at its last Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, according to analysts.
The software giant announced recently that it would no longer be attending the electronics showcase after this year, citing scheduling difficulties as the reasoning for the decision, but some have suggested that the Redmond-based company had fallen out with CES organisers.
Analysts at Forrester said that Microsoft is not resting on its laurels for its final outing, however, and that it intends to go out with a bang at CES 2012, with a wide range of announcements of new and upcoming products.
Demonstrations will include the upcoming Windows 8 operating system on tablet computers, something that many in the industry, including rivals like Apple and Google, will be watching very closely.
Microsoft is aiming Windows 8 at multiple devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, in both the consumer and business markets, touting a range of enterprise features, including the added security of Intel chips, as a major selling point.
Other announcements will involve Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia for Windows Phone 7, with plans to unveil its launch product for the US market, which could be a deciding factor in the long-term success of the mobile operating system.