At the CES 2012, on January 9, during the opeining keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about Microsoft’s exciting line-up of consumer products, and about the work — whether it’s using Bing voice search on Xbox to quickly find the big game on live TV (you say it, Xbox finds it); or something as magical as changing the way your kids experience Sesame Street – going from watching the show to jumping into Elmo’s world with Kinect-enabled two-way TV.
Ballmer told attendees that Microsoft and partners would be unveiling news about new LTE Windows Phones throughout the day.
Ballmer also noted that developers should expect Microsoft to continue to “move in the direction of sharing more and more technologies” between Windows Phone and Windows. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 already share the same Metro-style interface, the same HTML5 Internet Explorer browser, integration with Windows Live and Azure, and a common HTML5/XAML experience, Ballmer said. He stopped short of saying anything about the rumors that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will include the same core kernel elements.
Microsoft showed a range of new ultra-light, ultra-thin Windows 7 PCs comeing to market, and announced several pieces of news with Xbox, including a new partnership with NewsCorp to bring new apps for Xbox LIVE that will feature content from their leading broadcast, news and Web properties, including Fox Broadcasting, Fox News Channel, IGN Entertainment and The Wall Street Journal.
Other Ballmer bits:
- There are now 1.3 billion PCs in the world, 500 million of which are running Windows 7 — and every WIndows 7 PC can run Windows 8.
- There have been three million downloads of WIndows 8 developer preview since Build in September.
- Windows Phone has more than 50,000 published apps and games in Marketplace – with an average of 300 more added each day.
- “Developers, developers, developers” still matter
- Xbox 360 is first in console sales with more than 66 million worldwide, and Xbox LIVE is the biggest social entertainment network in the living room with nearly 40 million Xbox LIVE members.
- Over the last year, Kinect has exceeded everyone’s expectations with more than 18 million sensors sold.
- Bing has more than doubled market share since launch, and with our partnership with Yahoo, we power nearly 30 percent of the U.S. searches.
- Office 2010 is the fastest selling version of Office in the company’s history — it is being used by more than 80 million people worldwide.
- Ford has shipped more than 4 million vehicles equipped with Ford Sync powered by Microsoft, and forecasts 9 million more on the road across the globe in the next three years.
Also, announced a new AT&T 4G LTE-equipped Windows Phones, the “4.7-inch HTC Titan II, which is due out ‘in the coming months.'”
The HTC TITAN II, runs on AT&T’s 4G LTE network and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor by Qualcomm.
The device’s 4.7-inch screen, boasting the largest display among Windows Phones globally, is perfect for watching movies, playing games, emailing or surfing the web.
Tital II has a 16 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, as well. “Its big rear camera, meanwhile, features a fast wide-angle lens (f2.6, 28mm), autofocus, and dual LED flash. Shutterbugs will appreciate extras like red eye reduction, image stabilization, a panorama mode for landscapes, and a burst shot mode for sports or kids. Want to make movies? The rear camera records 720p HD video.”
This beast is also blazing fast: Packing a 1.5 gigahertz Snapdragon processor, it’s the first Windows Phone from HTC to take advantage of AT&T’s speedy 4G LTE network.
Watch the video below showing off HTC Titan II and Lumia 900: