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Minyanville at CES: So Sad We Missed Microsoft's Insane Exit

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EYES ON THE BALLMER
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Howdy from Vegas, folks!

After a hectic commute to JFK, getting grounded for two hours on the tarmac in Burbank, and getting shuttled and shuffled around the Las Vegas Convention Center, I'm finally writing to you from the press room at CES 2012. As you're well aware, there's plenty of companies and products with presence here: Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Panasonic (PC), Sony (SNE), LG, Samsung, etc. And while there's no sensational Apple (AAPL) device or product worthy of Segway-level hype, CES always has something interesting in store.

And I'm just upset I arrived the day after this occurred.

Last night was Microsoft's (MSFT) final keynote presentation at CES. As expected, CEO Steve Ballmer was his usual, unnervingly bombastic self and even harkened back to his sweaty "Developers! Developers! Developers!" chant from 2006. But considering lackluster support from the development community for Windows Phones -- as well as Nokia (NOK) and RIM (RIMM) -- that chant seems more coherent this go-around.

Especially when you compare it to the bizarre spectacle that took place yesterday.

As if having Ryan Seacrest join him onstage wasn't strange enough, Ballmer ratcheted up the absurdity by bringing out a live gospel choir to sing Tweets that were written during the keynote about Microsoft products.


There's just something about a gospel singer adding a religious undercurrent to "Hashtag, nerd alert," isn't there?

(See also: Is Apple's Siri an iPhone Data Hog? and Apple Will Become "Uncool" in 2012, Predicts Analyst)

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