This week in pictures: Microsoft's CES swan song

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughs in front of an image of actor Matt Damon during the last opening Microsoft keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show opening in Las Vegas January 9, 2012. Microsoft has announced they will no longer attend CES after this year. Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Microsoft the sleeper hit of CES 2012?

Microsoft's final Consumer Electronics Show keynote on Tuesday was criticized for not delivering much in the way of interesting news, but the software giant just might be the sleeper hit of CES. Alongside big trends at this year's show such as Smart TVs, new display technologies, apps, and Ultrabooks, new handsets from HTC and Nokia running Microsoft's Windows Phone software are impressing the crowds at CES. Read more.

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