LAS VEGAS — 2012 was an exciting year for news and trends at the Consumer Electronics Show. Among other things, the show kicked off with Microsoft’s final keynote address, Intel gave us a glimpse of the future of DLNA, Texas Instruments demonstrated that tablets using its processors can wirelessly stream a movie to a TV and play a game at the same time, Nvidia touted the power of its Tegra 3 mobile processor and OnStar announced its plan to provide car passengers access to streaming content through Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Check out our slideshow to see some of the other major announcements from CES 2012.
CES 2012 formally kicked off with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote address, which was the company’s last at the trade show. The keynote detailed Microsoft technologies such as Windows Phone and Windows 8, as well as notable product announcements (such as ultrabooks; Nokia’s Lumia 900; and the HTC Titan). In the end, Ballmer underscored that Windows is the linchpin of the company. “There’s nothing more important to Microsoft than Windows," Balmer said at the address. "Metro will drive the new magic across all of our user experience. What’s next at Microsoft in 2012? Metro, METRO, METRO! Windows, WINDOWS, WINDOWS!”