Microsoft’s tablet seemed to suffer another public black eye
Sunday as TV viewers of the AFC championship game Sunday between
the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots were told that the
tablets on the Patriots’ sidelines had failed.
“They’re having some trouble with their Microsoft Surface
tablets,” CBS’ sideline reporter Evan Washburn reported during the
game. “On the last defensive possession the Patriots’ coaches did
not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their
players. NFL officials have been working at it. Some of those
tablets are back in use, but not all of them. A lot of frustration
that they didn’t have them on that last possession.”
The outage, which struck during the first half, was brief, and the
Patriots’ tablets were soon restored to working order. A Microsoft
spokesman blamed the problem on a network connectivity issue
rather than a tablet malfunction.
No tablet is going to work if the network is down, but this shows the risks of paid product placement in a live arena.