Thursday, January 06, 2005

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Gates pitches products at CES

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Gates pitches products at CES "In a historic moment for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates delivered his annual opening speech last night without the customary PowerPoint slides.
Instead, Gates opted for a talk-show-style presentation featuring actual host Conan O'Brien presenting a mock version of his own show, with Gates as the guest. For about 90 minutes, they gave the latest version of Microsoft's pitch for the "digital lifestyle."
O'Brien teased Gates — and other tech luminaries such as Jeff Bezos and Paul Allen — but the humor wasn't enough to disguise several embarrassing technical glitches that interrupted demonstrations of Windows Media Center software and a new Xbox game.
"OK, and right now nine people are being fired," O'Brien said as he and Gates waited for a slide show to appear.
The slides were of a fictional night of carousing the two had in Las Vegas. "I got too drunk, I woke up with a hooker," O'Brien said. "Bill got too drunk, he woke up with an Apple computer."
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