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What happened to Gates at CES. according to Sean Alexander, Media Center Product Manager.
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 1/09/2005 07:53:00 PM.

One event widely reported last week was the failure of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to function when Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Bill Gates, tried to initiate a slideshow of photos just taken by Late Night host, Conan O'Brian.

Though media reports suggested the Media Center 2005 PC that Gates was using had "frozen" or "crashed", but Lead Program Manager of the Windows Media Center TV Team, suggests this was not the case. Gates was also not given the wrong remote.

It was the IR repeater on the stage that failed. An IR repeater was used to transmit the remote control commands from the stage to the MCE PC running backstage. The MCE PC itself never failed during the keynote. (Nor did MCE have a hitch on the showfloor or in the theater room in the NextGen Home).


Sean Alexander, Media Center Product Manage, has a synopsis of the events at CES posted on his blog: Here


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