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Liveblogging the Bill Gates keynote


OK, I'm at CES and about to going to experiment liveblogging the keynote address. It hasn't begun yet, everyone is still waiting in line to get seats. A few fortunate people hold VIP passes that put them in a much better spot in line. Hmmm… notice anything unusual about the pass? The controller may be Xbox green, but it's a PlayStation conroller! Look at the face buttons and the position of rhe analog sticks. Strange, huh? It's standard CES artwork so it isn't a conspiracy. I suposse when the artist thought this was the defacto standard for a controller.

6:35 – Speech about CES future technology from the President of the CEA. It's like hearing the schedule out loud.

6:40 – Bill Gates is on stage the talk is called the Next Digital Decade.

6:40 – Fake video about his last full day at Microsoft. Comedy driving a Ford Focus. Bill is playing with action figures and benchpressing the bar. Rapping singing "big pimpin" talking to Jay Z. Talking with Bono about a high score on Guitar Hero. Dressed as Wolveine, doing a Matrix parody. Lots of celebrities Jon Stuart, George Clooney asking Hillary Clinton and Obama to be their running mate. Calls Al Gore asks if it is an "inconvenient time." Joke about him creating Bob the office helper.

7:00 – The second digital decade will focus on connecting people.
Talk about cloud and service based applications. Natural user interface speech and touch input.

7:05 – 100 Million people use Vista. Calendar overlays for Windows Live. Invite via Windows Live Events. Share pictures winows live photo gallery. Select different picture to male a panaromic view.

7:08 – Touching Microsoft Surface to make a snowboard. Drag and drop controls for selecting bindings and graphics. Sends a picture of the phone on to Windows Live. Silverlight partnership with NBC for 2008 Olympics.

7:25 – Robbie Bach on stage to talk about enterainment. Connective enterainment. Windows gaming the largest platform. 17.7 million 360s spending more on the 360. Passed the 10 million member mark. ABC and Disney shows on Live this month. Lost, Greys Anatomy, High School Musical, ABC News. MGM library of films coming to Live. The Silence of Lambs, Terminator etc. Samsung and HP adding Windows extender. HP specific extender TV coming. New way to produce custom shows by following NASCAR car or following election will CNN as an example. British Telecom will use Xbox 360s as a set top box. Zune will be sold in other territories this year. Zune card, Zune like Gametags that track plays and favorite artists. See what friends are listening to like browsing what games people play with Gamertags. The Shins page show top fans and favorite artists from fans. Then purchase songs from Zune Marketplace.
Microsoft Sync demo with Zune and Windows PC synchronizing for car voice control.

7:25 – Windows Mobile Say and See demo. Push talk button, say movies and scans for closet theaters via GPS. Purchase tickets online and then share event information through text. Planning mobile advertising. Visual recognition demo with a mock phone. Identfies people displays notes and appointments. Point to a theater shows ticket information. Scans resturant from far away uses Earth to show walking path. Looks into the history sorts through videos with past keynotes. Automatically stores past information.

Guitar Hero III challenge for $20. Slash replaces Bill onstage and I have some terrible shaky cam video of it. Will attempt to upload it later! That's it though! No Xbox 360 ultimate announcement.

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