Skip to comments.Microsoft Windows Live event was 'worst public demo ever'
Posted on 11/03/2005 12:40:15 AM PST by HAL9000
7:30PM: I'm back home, time to get a bite to eat, then I'm going to write up today's Microsoft event, or maybe do a podcast. But first I wanted to say, they're getting away with murder on Memeorandum. Part of the reason may be that the net went down halfway through the presentation, just as they were getting to the demo, which was a total wipeout, biggest failure I've seen in almost 30 years in the biz. I think there's a pretty good chance they cut off our net access so we couldn't write about it real-time, if so, it was a brilliant move, but an act of desperation. Or maybe they got lucky. Whatever, their announcements today leave some room for real game-changing on Google, which needs to happen, asap, before the opportunity goes away. We need Google to get some serious competition, and Microsoft is one of the places that can come from. (Apple and Yahoo are the others.) But they're going to have to do much more than they did today.
The net went down in the middle of the demo. It was the worst public demo ever.
An hour into it they finally start the demo. The screen is blank, the guy is talking. It's live.com. The demo didn't work. A total demo disaster.
Doesn't work with Firefox. Screen shot.
Ray Ozzie's talk began pretty exciting, but the gist of what he was talking about is basically what people call Web 2.0. Like Tim O'Reilly's initial description, they leave out RSS too, even though most of their mission is the mission of RSS. I wonder how many people in the room have spotted that.
Looking around the room I see a few people reading the web while they talk.
Todd Bishop from the Seattle P-I is also live-blogging.
Dan Farber is also live-blogging this event. He's typing furiously, I think he's getting almost every word!
Bill Gates giving opening remarks at the SF event. The free wifi here is very good, provided by Microsoft. No power at the tables though, I might not be able to blog the whole event. I am doing an MP3 of the event on my Archos.
He says today's event is like the events launching their Internet efforts in 1995, and the 2000 press event announcing dot-net and web services. He's used the term "live software" several times. It occurs to me that I'm blogging this press conference with live software. And you're accessing it while the conference is ongoing. That's pretty live too.
25 minutes into it, all we've heard so far is marketing hype. They haven't shown or said anything new yet. They need to read my How To Demo document. The people in this room are tough customers.
That's gonna leave a mark.
Windows Live = bad, Bad, BAD idea.
What, worse than the time his Windows 98 demo crashed at Comdex? LOL.
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