At CES 2011 Keynote, Microsoft CEO Takes The Stage Amid Tablet Crush

One year ago, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the tech industry’s premier gadget show to showcase a Windows tablet computer to an audience that had yet to meet the iPad.This year, with tablets marking the hottest items at…

One year ago, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the tech industry’s premier gadget show to showcase a Windows tablet computer to an audience that had yet to meet the iPad.

This year, with tablets marking the hottest items at the show and Windows lagging far behind Apple Inc.’s popular iPad, the stakes were higher. Microsoft’s status as a technology oracle, which guaranteed its spot delivering the trade show’s night-before keynote each year, is slipping.

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