28 Jun 2012
No Microsoft launch would be complete without a software crash. The debut of Microsoft Surface, Microsoft’s latest attempt at tablet computing, was no exception.
Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live division, was left red-faced when his own Surface tablet died onstage during the much-hyped launch. But he is merely following in an illustrious line: both Windows 98 and Windows XP launches featured “blue screens of death” during their public unveilings and both proved successful.
He didn’t, at least, feel tempted to describe the device as “super cool”, which is a departure from his predecessors.