08:39 AM

CES Looking Like Old COMDEX

I used to come to Las Vegas every year for the giant COMDEX (Computer Dealers EXPO) trade show for the PC industry. The first COMDEX was in 1979 but the last was 2003, a victim of the dotcom dotbom and it's own success which produced a large, unfocused show.

The Consumer Electronics Show has replaced COMDEX as the largest Las Vegas trade show but it is increasingly looking like COMDEX of old, especially if you take a look at the main keynoters. Wednesday evening Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft will kick-off the show and Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel, and John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, will give keynotes later in the week.

It makes it seems as if the tech industry is trying to takeover CES, which might not be a good sign for the future of CES since the tech companies can be very fickle.

In past COMDEX shows some of the leading companies such as Dell and others, would send their executives to make keynotes but wouldn't pay for booths, choosing private suites instead.

I'll be posting from CES this week...

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Please see: NEOWIN.NET Tom Warren - Will CES die like COMDEX?