Microsoft stream to announce Windows 11 crashes before company unveils OS
Microsoft chose to not use YouTube to stream its own event, and it didn't go well.
What you need to know
- Microsoft's stream to announce Windows 11 buffered and crashed for many.
- The Twitter stream for the event still seems to work.
- Microsoft did not stream the event on YouTube.
Microsoft's stream to announce Windows 11 crashed before it got rolling. Panos Panay's face buffered and went away entirely for many trying to watch the stream. Notably, Microsoft decided to stream the event on its own platform and decided to not use YouTube.
While Microsoft's stream on its website stopped working, the Twitter stream still works.
Microsoft teased Windows 11 for weeks, sending out tweets and videos to get people excited. The livestream crashing is an embarrassing mistake that happened when Windows 11 was at center stage. At the time of publication, almost 42,000 people are watching the livestream on Twitter, but it's not known how many people are aware it's being streamed on that platform.
This is a developing story, and we'll add more details as they come in.
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MS and Google have had a cold war for years and years dating back to when Google first released Google Docs, pretending to displace OFFICE with "free" ad supported betaware.
It hasn't gotten better just because MS uses Chromium. If anything, that gives MS coders a chance to show up the Google gang.
Plus don't forget that part of the pressure on the politicians to go after Google on antitrust is from MS, quite openly.
Folks like to play up MS vs Apple but MS can live with Apple (they make tons of money off tbeir hardware) and they (used to?) make tons of money off Android which Google hates. Putting apk support on Windows without the google apps is adding to the friction.
No love lost.
There is no telling the private catfights we don't hear about.