You have to love Demo Fails. Every company has them, and they only get funnier each time.
Many of you know already that on Monday, June 18th 2012, Microsoft announced that they were entering the tablet hardware department with Microsoft Surface. But that’s not really what I’m here to talk about.
It wouldn’t be a Microsoft product without a few bugs, crashes, or fatal errors. The poor guys couldn’t even make it through an announcement Keynote without a “FAIL” via Internet Explorer. This video is going viral, with nearly 2.5 million views in a matter of days.
I’ll give Windows President, Steven Sinofsky, some credit. He handled it like a pro. Though his voice shutters a little bit, and you can see him repeatedly pressing the Windows (home) button trying to escape this conundrum, he prevails and changes the subject. This wasn’t the only “fail” at the keynote. The other, though more subtle than this one, could have been as extreme as an App crash or something less severe as in someone forgetting to have the login credentials preloaded. When trying to show off the Netflix app, he simply says “…Oops” and grabs another tablet from underneath a nearby table. Whew, good save.
This does set Microsoft back about 15 years, when another fatal crash is remembered during the Windows 98 launch, where the Blue Screen of Death rears its ugly head right in the middle of a demo for “Plug and Play” Bill Gates smiles and very smoothly says “That must be why we’re not shipping Windows 98 Yet”
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