In shocking news today, Microsoft made an announcement in a blog post by Corporate Vice President for Corporate Communications Frank X Shaw:
“We have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES. 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.”
This year, Microsoft is expected to highlight Windows 8 at their keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show. they have been participating in the event for almost 20 years, and it looks like they'll still have a presensce there, as announced in the blog post, but they're done with a booth and keynote presentation. It's shocking because they've been involved with it for so long, but I don't think they really need it to show off what they have coming to customers in the future.