The top trends from this year’s CES

The Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas this week. A PR practitioner was on hand to identify the trends.

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This year’s event is important for a number of reasons. Most significantly, tech titans Apple and Microsoft were almost completely absent from the show, except for a bizarre appearance by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the Qualcomm keynote.

I made the trip to Las Vegas for this year’s CES, which likely set the stage for the trends we’ll be seeing throughout 2013. Here are five of those trends:

Windows 8 is here to stay. Lenovo, Dell, Panasonic, and others introduced numerous devices powered by Windows 8. Everywhere you looked, Windows 8’s colored panes stared back. Intel announced that all fourth-generation processors will require touch, a move that clearly benefits Windows 8.

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