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Microsoft-less fair in Las Vegas looks to mobile

Perhaps the biggest thing at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the giant hole where Microsoft Corp. used to be.

For the first time in more than a decade, the massive software company is not participating in the huge technology trade fair. Microsoft’s boisterous chief executive, Steve Ballmer, won’t deliver the traditional show-opening keynote speech Monday night — the first time in 15 years that a Microsoft CEO will not give the speech.

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