This is the last year that Bill "richest man on earth" Gates will be delivering Microsoft's keynote speech at CES, and speculation is running rampant that the Windows creator will drop a bombshell at the Consumer Electronics show.
Smart money is on Gates' spending a lot of time on "Surface," M'Soft's touch-screen interface that may become a part of our lives very soon. Also, look for a symbolic handing-over-of-the-keynote-torch to Microsoft's president of consumer focused entertainment and devices division Robbie Bach.
"I think it's fair to say the manner in which Bill has appeared at CES the last few years is now going to change, but I don't know I'd go so far as to say this is his last," spokesman Lou Gellos said. We think Gates' manner of appearing at CES will be just another conference attendee clutching a sad little bag of swag.
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