CES - Gates glances back, pushes forward in CES keynote

The Microsoft chairman's last CES keynote features a parody video and preview of multimedia products in the works.

Music, Mobile, and Video Projects

Gates and various Microsoft executives demonstrated new features related to the Zune portable media player, including a Web-based community built around Zune Card pages that record music downloads for sharing with friends. Also demoed was Microsoft's TellMe voice-based mobile search.

In another demo, a new Sync-enabled Ford Lincoln responded to voice commands to play a specific track. Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division President Robert Bach said Ford will offer Sync across its entire line next year, and showed how Sync will automatically sync music from Zunes and Bluetooth-enabled Windows Mobile smartphones.

Bach also announced that MGM's entire film library will be available for streaming via the XBox Live service.

The keynote closed with Bach challenging Gates to a Guitar Hero face-off--and both of them recruiting ringers. Bach drafted star Guitar Heroine Kelly "TipperQueen" Law-Yone, but Gates trumped her with Guns N' Roses' Slash.

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Yardena Arar

PC World

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