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January's Consumer Electronics Show will be the last one Microsoft will attend. Announcing its decision on Wednesday, Microsoft's Frank Shaw said the company's product news milestones generally don't align with the timing of the show, which is regularly held in January. "Microsoft was faced with announcing Windows 8 a month before they want to announce it, when they're unprepared, and it becomes an untimely showcase," Rob Enderle, principal analyst of the Enderle Group, pointed out. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is widely expected to unveil new information about Windows 8.
Microsoft leaving CES will hurt. Microsoft is not just about software. They have XBox and Windows products besides being a large brand that attracts people and interest to CES. But their are a lot of electronics and manufactures to go with all that electronics. So just as Apple has decided to bow out of its show. Microsoft's departure will hurt but not end CES.