He even talked about the soon-to-be-released Windows Mobile 6.5 phone from HTC, which is also making the new Google Android phone. One snippet of information was that Project Natal, Microsoft's next-generation gaming controller, is coming in 2010.
He made a big attempt to spruik the new Microsoft search engine Bing, with announcements that HP is set to make Bing and MSN its default page on all HP products shipped.
He showed prototypes of three slate PCs running Windows 7, including one from HP that is due to ship in 2010. The other two were from Pegatron and Arcos.
The bottom line was that Ballmer was totally out of his league after a day of presentations by Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba and LG, with several journalists saying that it was now time for Microsoft to relinquish its opening keynote speech slot at CES.