Microsoft Showcases New PC designs, Natal for Xbox and HP Slate PC at CES 2010 Keynote

Submitted by lalit on January 7, 2010 - 8:08am.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Entertainment & Devices President Robbie Bach kick started Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010 with a pre-show opening keynote. During the keynote, Microsoft highlighted Window 7, Bing and Xbox along with upcoming new hardware from various manufacturing partners. Microsoft said that Windows 7 launch was a big success and resulted in 50 percent jump in PC sales during holiday season. On the Xbox side, Microsoft has sold more than 39 million consoles and has an active Xbox Live community of over 20 million users.

The upcoming hardware showcased by Microsoft included Sony’s 24-inch all-in-one desktop with built-in TV tuner, Lenovo’s 18.5mm thin IdeaCentre A300 desktop with 21.5-inch screen, gaming laptops from Toshiba, Asus and HP (Envy 15), and Ultra Thin laptops like Dell Adamo XPS and Asus NX90.

Robbie Bach announced Microsoft Mediaroom 2.0, the next version of its Internet Protocol Television solution for service providers such as AT&T U-verse. Microsoft also announced that “Project Natal” for Xbox 360 is scheduled to be available in holiday season 2010. Microsoft also talked about Bing, Windows Touch, Microsoft Surface and Ford Sync in the keynote.

However, the biggest news from the keynote was introduction of HP Slate PC. According to Microsoft, Slate PCs are PCs that are simply displays –usually with no physical keyboard. Many believe that Microsoft announced the HP Slate even though it won’t ship till second half of 2010 to one-up Apple. As Apple is planning to introduce their new tablet later this month and it is rumored that it will be called iSlate. Microsoft provided no information about hardware or pricing of the HP Slate.

Overall, Microsoft’s keynote was bit dull, as most of the devices and technologies shown during the keynote were old. We have added the video of Microsoft’s CES 2010 keynote address below.