I didn't buy that line back when Microsoft gave it as the reason for its exit and I still don't. CES, E3, or whatever show a company has interest in isn't about convenient timing for a finished product. These venues are to share a company's ideas, thoughts, prototypes, what they have been working on (demo), or just a road-map to get the industry and the consumers interested in what's to come. Very little has to do with milestone alignment for a company. In Microsoft's case, they aren't just an OS company these days, Surface, Win8, Xbox, Bing, Sync, etc. So to their reason I say they are either running out of ideas or were just pissed at not being named as the company being handed the mic to give the keynote speech for the first time.Because the company's product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing
If that is the case, then I must applaud Ballmer on his immense stamina - it's taken him this long to get tired of it?!Microsoft quit CES and E3 because Ballmer is tired of looking like a fool on stage. He will never have the presence Bill Gates did and he certainly hasn't any vision to speak of.