i spent a couple days at ces this week and it was a bittersweet visit with microsoft not planning a booth or keynote next year.  i visited the microsoft booth in the main hall and although it was very cool i could compare almost everything there to the experience a microsoft store provides visitors any day of the year.  i am very excited about having more retail stores in the us and eventually around the world.  our local retail store has done a lot in our community and schools already.  this february they will be assisting with the students involved with technology event in dekalb.  i’m looking forward to sharing some of the upcoming consumer electronics trends and devices with students in about a month!