First a disclaimer: I don't like keynote addresses. Most keynote addresses for large trade shows like the Consumer Electronics Show are glorified marketing pitches full of dubious claims and sometimes outright lies. I want a keynote speech that outlines a vision of the industry or market in question -- a vision not specific to a single corporation. It never happens, but I can dream can't I.
That being said, the CES 2011 keynote presentation delivered by Microsoft and Steve Ballmer does, if you read between the lines, indicate some trends in the consumer electronics space. Jason Hiner and Bill Detwiler attended the show and will be posting their thoughts during the next few days, but one trend is obvious: Tablet devices are all the rage.
There are dozens of tablet PCs coming to market in 2011, some running Android, some running Windows, some both. And, of course, Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 soon enough. If you are an IT professional managing devices on your organization's network, you'd better be ready for the tablet device onslaught.
But I am more concerned with the keynote presentation for CES 2011 (below). Do you think Steve Ballmer and the other presenters did a good job? Are you confident in Microsoft's ability to deliver what it says it will deliver in 2011?
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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.