Last January, Bill Gates made his final CES keynote speech, and in September we were told that his replacement would be the man who had taken his position at Microsoft: Steve Ballmer. Ballmer, like Gates, will be assisted by Robbie Bach, head of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, during the 2009 International CES preshow keynote this Wednesday.
The festivities start at 6:30 PM PST in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. If you can't make it but still want to see the keynote as it happens, here are the links for streaming: 100k, 300k, and 750k.
TechCrunch is reporting that Ballmer will be discussing the following Microsoft announcements:
- Windows 7 public beta: Vista's successor will easily be one of the biggest topics of the show
- Windows 7's HomeGroups will be demonstrated (read more)
- Windows Mobile will get Flash support by the end of the first quarter
- Two new Halo titles will be released for the Xbox this year
I'm sure there will be more to it than that, as watching Ballmer speak is usually quite entertaining. CES 2009 will be taking place from Thursday to Sunday and you can bet that we'll be covering it thoroughly.