But as this week wore on, as I watched online keynote sessions and marketing videos promising sharp visions of the future, the value of an all-virtual CES actually became less clear.
As in years past, Microsoft will detail updates to its sprawling suite of software: improvements to Windows; expansions of the Azure cloud-computing platform; and enhancements to Teams, the office productivity tool that competes with and Slack.
In a background phone call with WIRED following that keynote, Apple broke down that privacy element, explaining how its "encrypted and anonymous" system avoids leaking your location data willy nilly, even as your devices broadcast a Bluetooth signal explicitly designed to let you track your device.
Google I/O is technically a developer's conference, and there should be plenty of talk about all the fun things developers can build using Google's latest tools. Last year , the company used the conference to debut its "digital wellness" initiative and a suite of new visual search tools for Google Lens.
Facebook's annual F8 developer conference kicks off Tuesday, following three straight years of near constant crisis for the social networking giant. While the biggest news will come during Zuckerberg's keynote on Tuesday, videos of all the F8 sessions will be available on demand on the Facebook for Developers website.