Bill Gates keynote at CES (that playtable rocks)

You can watch along. I’m sitting in the Bellagio with a bunch of geeks watching on a video feed. Updates to come. Oh, Engadget did a point-by-point of the keynote too (with pictures!) But, Memeorandum is the best place to go to see all the reaction from around the world.

I heard he won’t use any PowerPoint slides tonight. That’ll be interesting to see.

6:45 p.m. Bill just came out. He’s talking about winning the Time’s person of the year with his wife. Noted that in 1982 the PC won that award.
6:47. Notes that last year Microsoft saw 11% growth in Windows PCs.
6:48. Showing a futuristic home of the future screen that you can touch.
6:49. Shows off a cool holographic office screen. Shows images that wrap around you.
6:50. Demonstrates a Tablet PC that is virtually displayed along with the wrap around screen.
6:52. He’s demonstrating the PlayTable (a prototype table — someone just wrote me and said this isn’t the PlayTable. Oh, oh. Still very cool. And, I’ll definitely follow up with that team). He drops his cell phone onto a surface and images fly out of it. Wild. Oh, cool, now that the Table has been demonstrated I can talk about this. It’s no demo. It really works. It’s unbelieveable technology. How does the Tablet work? It has a projector underneath it, projecting onto holographic glass. Under the glass (you can’t see these) are two cameras that triangulate in on the surface of the glass. How does it know that Bill’s cell phone has been laid on the surface of the glass? A barcode on the bottom of Bill’s cell phone.
6:58. Bill is talking about the industry.
7:00. Windows Vista demos start.
Aaron Woodman is on stage talking about Vista. First, fresh user interface.
Live previews of applications. Switching apps is easier. Flip 3D is being shown (shows various Windows you have open in 3D interface).
Sidebar being demoed showing Gadgets. RSS feed reader in Sidebar. Dave Winer will be happy.
7:04. You can search. From the start menu.
7:05. Tabbed browsing with a twist. MSN Search done, brings up new tabs by clicking on links which opens new tabs. Then shows off quick tabs. Shows thumbnail of different tabs. Very cool.
Built in parental controls. Shows how games rating works for parents.
7:06. Experiences? New Flight Simulator being demoed. Whoa!!! Damn, that’s unbelieveable. You have to see this to believe it. Unbelieveable game experiences are coming.
7:09. Photo experiences. It shows that it always save the original photo. So, if you crop you can go back. If you change color, you can go back.
7:10. Motion video working right next to photos in new Windows media sharing app.
7:11. Windows Media Player. New UI. No long lists anymore. Resizeable icons and info. Very nice.
7:12. Van Toffler, Group President, MTV Networks is onstage. Announcing partnership. 100 CD-quality radiostations. Urge is name. Subscribers will drive the service. He used the word “sucks” on stage. Ahh, customers can tell them it sucks and they’ll listen. Two million tracks available. All you can eat OR download and buy your favorite track.
7:13. Blogging in a music service? Did I just hear that right?
7:18. Justin Timberlake just walked out on stage. Just announced his new album in conjunction with Urge.
7:21. Ttttttttaaaaaaabbbbbbblllllleeeeeeettttttt. Heheh. New Gateway Tablet shown. I’ll take a look at that tomorrow in the booth.
7:22. New passive digitizers talked about. This lets manufacturers build new kinds of devices that don’t require as much expense.
7:23. Windows Mobile. Bill is playing with the new Treo. Verizon is selling it starting tomorrow.
7:26. Messenger buddy list on new Phillips phone. Calls through Internet. Whoa. Through Windows Live Call Services. Gotta learn more about that.
7:27. Talking about TV now. Get ready for HHHHHDDDDDTTTTTTVVVVVV. Heheh. That was a note to Maryam. I wanna buy an HD screen.
7:30. Media Center. 6.5 million sold so far. 130 manufacturers.
7:31. Viiv from Intel is what Bill’s talking about now. Chip level surround sound. Dual core.
Direct TV video on Media Center. Ahh, talking is over, let’s get Joe Belfiore out here. VP of Media Center division. 15 minute tour coming.
7:34. Showing off a cool Media Center screen. You gotta watch this. It’s too hard to describe in ASCII text.
7:36. PC from Averatec. Small and quiet PC that have tuner. For less than $1000 with tuner. $499 without tuner. Sold!
7:37. Showing off new Portable Media Player. New Starz, Vongo service. Lets you buy movies and other media. Subscription!! All movies you want for $9.99 a month.
7:43. Windows Live messenger. Lets you ask for help with TV programming through IM bots. I have to wrap my head around that! “What’s on tonight?” Brings up results in another Window. Very cool.
7:46. Showing off HD-DVD on Windows Vista. Demonstrating interactivity capabilities of HD-DVD. Oh, this is cool! Get to move scenes without leaving movie. Or, get see what actors are on screen in the scenes you’re currently watching. Neat! Patrick just emailed me and said “that looks cool!”
The producer head talking on top of the movie got lots of reactions from audience around me (I’m sitting in a room at the Belagio watching this with about 100 other geeks).
7:50. Digital Cable. Applause!! Yes, we can get digital cable signals straight into Media Center. I’ve been been waiting for this. You can get premium stuff off of digital cable systems now. Will definitely check that out tomorrow.
7:55. XXXXXXXBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOXXXXXXXXXXX
7:56. Xbox 360 launch stats. 30 countries. 4.5 to 5.5 will be sold by end of June. 4 games per console attach rate (that means Xbox 360 is selling two more games than any other console per console sold).
7:59. Announced that four million Xbox Live subscribers added.
8:01. More games coming.
8:02. HD disks announced? Yes. Later this year. Xbox 360 external HDDVD drive coming.
8:03. There it is again. HDTV. Maryam, you listening?
8:04. Boxing promoter came out. Oh, geez. Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates are gonna play an Xbox boxing game together on stage. The crowd here is eating this stuff up!
8:08. BillG beat SteveB. The replays are pretty gruesome. Knockout! New EA game, Fight Night Round 3, here’s what they were playing. Wow, Xbox Live is immediately pushing out a demo for people who have Xbox 360s to try out. That’s cool.
8:11. It’s over…

146 thoughts on “Bill Gates keynote at CES (that playtable rocks)

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  4. What good does demoing stuff that won’t be available for *years* if at all do? You think half those gadgets are going to be within reach of the typical consumer? Who’s going to pay for the massive infrastructure upgrade Bill’s Vision requires to get this done in 4-5 years? Bill?

    What did this demo show me that “THE WORLD OF THE FUTURE” demos in the 30s didn’t? They’re both as far-fetched. Show me what I can do *today* or *this year*. Give me products that WILL be out within a plannable schedule, not BS that I may as well read chicken livers for.

  5. What good does demoing stuff that won’t be available for *years* if at all do? You think half those gadgets are going to be within reach of the typical consumer? Who’s going to pay for the massive infrastructure upgrade Bill’s Vision requires to get this done in 4-5 years? Bill?

    What did this demo show me that “THE WORLD OF THE FUTURE” demos in the 30s didn’t? They’re both as far-fetched. Show me what I can do *today* or *this year*. Give me products that WILL be out within a plannable schedule, not BS that I may as well read chicken livers for.

  6. Xbox 360 launch stats. 30 countries. 4.5 to 5.5 will be sold by end of June. 4 games per console attach rate (that means Xbox 360 is selling two more games than any other console per console sold).

    And what is the attach rate if you take out bait and switch tactics of Best Buy?

    Tabbed browsing with a twist. MSN Search done, brings up new tabs by clicking on links which opens new tabs. Then shows off quick tabs. Shows thumbnail of different tabs.

    Firefox 3 years ago called and they want their tabbed browsing back.

    Photo experiences. It shows that it always save the original photo.

    Wow, that’s, uh, impressive. It saves the original photo!!111one!!!

  7. Xbox 360 launch stats. 30 countries. 4.5 to 5.5 will be sold by end of June. 4 games per console attach rate (that means Xbox 360 is selling two more games than any other console per console sold).

    And what is the attach rate if you take out bait and switch tactics of Best Buy?

    Tabbed browsing with a twist. MSN Search done, brings up new tabs by clicking on links which opens new tabs. Then shows off quick tabs. Shows thumbnail of different tabs.

    Firefox 3 years ago called and they want their tabbed browsing back.

    Photo experiences. It shows that it always save the original photo.

    Wow, that’s, uh, impressive. It saves the original photo!!111one!!!

  8. John.C.Welsh,
    As a consumer I am frustrated that these techs are not available for use now.
    But as an engineer, I love to see the technologies of tomorrow. I admire MS for trying a few things.

    But I hate it when all that is mixed with market speak, thats all. After all the person within me who understands it is an engineer not a consumer. (MS should sell in a different way the future)

  9. John.C.Welsh,
    As a consumer I am frustrated that these techs are not available for use now.
    But as an engineer, I love to see the technologies of tomorrow. I admire MS for trying a few things.

    But I hate it when all that is mixed with market speak, thats all. After all the person within me who understands it is an engineer not a consumer. (MS should sell in a different way the future)

  10. Not to piss in the pool, but meanwhile back in the real world….

    http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/420769/30/0/threaded

    We have analysed some 100 malware WMF files and they can do almost anything. We saw download trojans, adware and spyware apps, backdoors, lots of bots (zombie programs), as well as password-spying programs which are looking for PINs and TANs for online banking attacks. I expect that some 1,000 websites are already compromised.

    One of the malware apps we have discovered at 2005-12-29 (some days ago!) already had a build-in infection counter at a (hidden) website and we saw the number 233,000. This means, a few days back, some 100,000 PCs seems to be compromised already. Today, the website is still working, and has delivered more than 1,000,000 malware installation files already. With 1+ million PCs under your control, you can do almost everything!

  11. Not to piss in the pool, but meanwhile back in the real world….

    http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/420769/30/0/threaded

    We have analysed some 100 malware WMF files and they can do almost anything. We saw download trojans, adware and spyware apps, backdoors, lots of bots (zombie programs), as well as password-spying programs which are looking for PINs and TANs for online banking attacks. I expect that some 1,000 websites are already compromised.

    One of the malware apps we have discovered at 2005-12-29 (some days ago!) already had a build-in infection counter at a (hidden) website and we saw the number 233,000. This means, a few days back, some 100,000 PCs seems to be compromised already. Today, the website is still working, and has delivered more than 1,000,000 malware installation files already. With 1+ million PCs under your control, you can do almost everything!

  12. The mainstream media pick-up, day after, is all Urge and the Gates sound-off that IBM is the greatest competitor (anti-Google hype), boy that’s pretty flat, but then the rest of Keynote stuff is too esoteric and reshashed, and Vista is too far off. Not a great kick-up. Don’t the marketing bunnies know how to plant themes anymore?

  13. The mainstream media pick-up, day after, is all Urge and the Gates sound-off that IBM is the greatest competitor (anti-Google hype), boy that’s pretty flat, but then the rest of Keynote stuff is too esoteric and reshashed, and Vista is too far off. Not a great kick-up. Don’t the marketing bunnies know how to plant themes anymore?

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  15. I do love how half of what you see in a Bill Gates keynote is pie in the sky baloney, and all of what you see in a Steve Jobs keynote is product you either can buy that day, or will be able to buy within a timeframe that isn’t “when donkeys fly”

  16. I do love how half of what you see in a Bill Gates keynote is pie in the sky baloney, and all of what you see in a Steve Jobs keynote is product you either can buy that day, or will be able to buy within a timeframe that isn’t “when donkeys fly”

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  18. So since HD-DVD *requires* you to use Windows – Based software and Windows Media, and we all know how well that works on !Windows..

    Outside of Redmond – created and approved platforms, how is anyone supposed to use HD-DVD. Forgive me, but I don’t see BallmerGates allowing Linux or OS X to have the same HD-DVD experience as Windows.

    I mean, just look at the example of WiMP:Mac.

  19. So since HD-DVD *requires* you to use Windows – Based software and Windows Media, and we all know how well that works on !Windows..

    Outside of Redmond – created and approved platforms, how is anyone supposed to use HD-DVD. Forgive me, but I don’t see BallmerGates allowing Linux or OS X to have the same HD-DVD experience as Windows.

    I mean, just look at the example of WiMP:Mac.

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  21. It’s very hard to get interested in the technology when you can’t flipping see it. I presume this is a “You’re on a Mac, ugh! Why would you be interested in MS technology” thing.

    “The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

    *sigh*

  22. It’s very hard to get interested in the technology when you can’t flipping see it. I presume this is a “You’re on a Mac, ugh! Why would you be interested in MS technology” thing.

    “The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

    *sigh*

  23. Oh! they all do get a lot of hype. But atleast I get to try out their stuff as soon as they are announced.
    I wish sideshow, etc would be available…right now!!!

    By the time I get to see most of the exciting stuff announced today… MS would have started its hype on the next something. :)

  24. Oh! they all do get a lot of hype. But atleast I get to try out their stuff as soon as they are announced.
    I wish sideshow, etc would be available…right now!!!

    By the time I get to see most of the exciting stuff announced today… MS would have started its hype on the next something. :)

  25. Met: me too. Apple always has cool PowerPoints. Er, Keynotes. Heheh. Google? We see their first CES keynote on Friday. I’ll bet they get a lot of hype.

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