Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Keynote CES (Again) In 2012

Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer will return to CES in January 2012, kicking off the consumer technology tradeshow with a preshow keynote, the fourth time he’ll be taking the stage to do so.

“We are pleased to welcome Microsoft back to the CES keynote stage,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which owns and produces CES.

The 2012 International CES is scheduled January 10-13, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. CEA says the full line-up of 2012 International CES keynote addresses will be announced in coming months.

Ballmer’s preshow keynote address is slated for 6:30 PM on Monday, January 9, in The Venetian.

Microsoft has used the CES keynote stage in previous years to unveil products like the original Xbox and Avatar Kinect.

Care to venture some guesses as to what Ballmer will be announcing next January?

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