Microsoft announced that the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show would be its last.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- 2012 is the end of an era, as Microsoft(:MSFT) announced that it would be the last year the company would attend the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
In a company blog post, the Redmond, WA.-based software maker said that it will not participate in keynote speeches or host a booth anymore, but it will still participate "as a great place to connect with partners and customers."
Former CEO Bill Gates delivered the keynote speech at 11 CES shows, and current chief Steve Ballmer headlined the past three. Next month will be his last.
In terms of topics, Ballmer is likely to speak about Microsoft's next-generation operating system -- Windows 8 -- at the event, although the software isn't expected to ship until later in 2012. The company said the show's January timing does not align with its product news milestones.
Microsoft is following the lead of Apple(:AAPL), which no longer attends MacWorld events, instead choosing to host its own product announcements.
CES is scheduled to run from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12 in Las Vegas.
Microsoft shares were lower Wednesday, off 1.6% to $25.62.
--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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