Just moments ago Microsoft announced that this coming CES 2012 in January will be their last in attendance. Microsoft will no longer have a booth at the show or provide a keynote address.

“We have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES,” Microsoft corporate VP Frank Shaw wrote in a blog post announcing the change. “We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing.”

Microsoft has enjoyed a close to 20-year working relationship with the Consumer Electronics Association – and we look forward to working with CEA for many years to come.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on Monday night, January 9th, to kick the year off at CES 2012.