Windows 8 Tablet Locks Up On Stage During Demo

By: Shaylin Clark - March 21, 2012

A big part of the buzz about the Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 software is its ability to run on multiple platforms. The software is designed to work equally well on tablets and desktop/laptop PCs, providing a unified experience across multiple devices. This is due primarily to the new Metro user interface, a paned interface that displays apps on tablet screens, and on the desktop version’s Start screen (which replaces the good old Start Menu). Microsoft has been playing up Metro for some time, and it definitely looks nice.

Unfortunately, a Windows 8 tablet got a nasty case of stage fright earlier this week and froze up on stage during a keynote presentation by Microsoft’s ERP head, Kiril Tatarinov. According to The Register, Tatarinov was giving a keynote presentation at the Convergence conference in Houston. When Tatarinov and Fred Studer, another Microsoft exec, tried to show off the Metro UI on a tablet, the tablet locked up. It remained completely unresponsive to attempts to get it going again, and Tatarinov and Studer had to switch to a second tablet they had on stage with them in order to proceed with their demonstration.

Apple fanboy that I am, I can’t help but feel the tiniest bit of shadenfreude over a story like this. Nevertheless, at this stage of development a gaffe like this is forgivable. Windows 8 is not due to be released for several more months yet (a release date has not been announced, though late summer or early autumn is likely), nor have there been any definitive announcements as to when we will start seeing Windows 8 tablets. All in all, Windows 8 looks like a solid entry into Microsoft’s lineup, and assuming the kinks can be worked out of its transition to tablets, it stands to make a sizable splash in the tablet market, as well.

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  • LinuxUser

    It seems that there are some things that at least do remain consistent with Microsoft Windows. I think it’s happened with every release since at least ’98 – a BSOD on a major public display.

  • andrius

    Good old traditions :)

  • Steve G

    Maybe it’s just me but it kind of does seem stupid that it still says “Press Any Key To Continue” on a tablet PC. Wouldn’t “Tap Screen to Continue” be more appropriate? But I did kind of find it funny that Microsoft has not for a few years now been able to do an unveiling demonstration and not trigger a BSOD. But it seems they’ve learned to at least have a backup machine just in case. :)

    • Shaylin Clark

      That would be pretty funny, but the lead image for the article is actually a copy-paste job I did myself. :)

  • Jim

    “…A big part of the buzz about the Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 software is its ability to run on multiple platforms.”

    Correction: Windows 8 now offers the ability to crash on multiple platforms.

  • Nuasoft Web Design

    How embarrassing :)

    I thinks it’s Karma for the amount of times windoze has locked up on me and a million other people in the middle of important business presentations.

    In fairness to Microsoft I have to say that Windows 7 is a reliable OS and hope that Windows 8 will be also and doesnt turn into a Vista like disaster.

  • ry

    Is that the actual bsod that the tablet displayed? I was pretty sure the new blue screen has a light blue background with a giant “sad face” emoticon.

    And another note… that particular blue screen hasn’t been used since Windows9x
    The Windows 7, Vista, XP blue screens don’t have the text centered.

    • ry

      Ignore my comment, I see the writer explaining that it’s a shopped image.

  • Kevin Malmo

    new metro with old blue screen of death!
    I just hope that windows 8 version is handling its error more efficiently. :)
    Im excited to have hands on experience though. :)