Under the Microsoft tent at CES 2007

Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley recounts her adventures at CES. In particular, what Microsoft is up to this year. I spent most of the first day at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8 doing what you'd expect from a full-time Microsoft watcher: Meeting with Microsoft execs under the Microsoft press tent; touring the Vista […]
Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley recounts her adventures at CES. In particular, what Microsoft is up to this year. I spent most of the first day at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8 doing what you'd expect from a full-time Microsoft watcher: Meeting with Microsoft execs under the Microsoft press tent; touring the Vista hardware showcase; and wading through the crowds in the giant Microsoft booth on the show floor.

In addition to getting to check out protoypes of the new Windows Home Server reference systems, I had a chance to chat with officials on the Vista, Windows Mobile, Windows Live and Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) teams.

Microsoft and its partners are showing off some of the new PCs and UMPCs (Ultramobile PCs) from Sony, Lenovo, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Voodoo and other partners in the hardware pavillion.

Shanen Boettcher, general manager of Windows product management, reminded me that 70 to 80 percent of new PCs (caveat: from major U.S. vendors) preloaded with a version of Windows are currently preloaded with Windows Media Center Edition. Boettcher said he expects that trend to continue with Vista, meaning that the vast majority of new PCs preloaded with Vista will ship with Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate.

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