For one week each January, Las Vegas becomes the epicenter of the tech world. Tens of thousands of people descend on Sin City for the Consumer Electronics Show, where there are more gadgets than you could ever fondle, more announcements than you could ever hear and more schmoozing than you could ever stand.
It’s big. Too big, some would say, which is a big reason why a growing number of companies and industry insiders are skipping the show. Microsoft has bailed, Motorola will have only the smallest presence and Amazon, Google and Apple have never even been there.
“Other than the traditional home entertainment guys, the big tech vendors have kind of pulled out,” said Gartner analyst Van Baker. “I don’t even go anymore. I don’t see any reason to. Any significant announcements are either done before or after CES.”