Sunday night is Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates’ big hurrah: His last Consumer Electronics Show (CES) keynote as Chief Software Architect.
Gates is expected to talk about future scenarios for the Microsoft Surface platform as part of his keynote address (according to an e-mail message I got from the Surface team):
- “Since you last saw Surface, a lot has changed – there are new applications and a great deal of momentum. The Microsoft Surface team will be at this year’s CES and we’d appreciate the opportunity to schedule some time for you to get some in-person, hands-on time with Surface and the new applications. Bill Gates will be featuring Surface in the keynote, and there will a couple exciting new applications for you to play with.”
Surface, in case you need a reminder, is the Microsoft Vista-based platform that was formerly codenamed “PlayTable.” The first commercial implementations of Surface systems are expected to be deployed by hotels, casinos and cell-phone retailers in Spring 2008.