CES 2009 Starts Thursday

I’m pretty pumped. The 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), being held in Las Vegas, starts tomorrow. I am very interested in the all of the presentations and keynotes. However, what really has my attention is what Microsoft has in store for Vista Media Center (VMC). It was recently announced that the partnership between Microsoft and DirectTV to build a tuner into VMC was dropped. Many are hoping an announcement around Dish Network integration is made at the show tomorrow. I’m a cable customer and expect to be one for the foreseeable future, but it is still of interest. I also can’t wait to learn more about any upcoming HTPC solutions being presented by partners (give me more cable-card options!).

Being one of the only people on the planet that doesn’t hate Microsoft (yes, I use Live Search over Google), I’m also interested in their other announcements. I am curious to see what they have in store for the Zune. Of course we can’t forget about Windows 7. It looks solid and I can’t wait for the release (expected in the spring some time). The Media Center seems to have been upgraded and I am hearing that the OS utilizes half of the resources Vista requires.

Also being a BlackBerry nut, I can’t wait to see if RIM has anything for us.

See cesweb.org for the latest.

– Keith

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