Windows 7 Humiliates MS Japan Boss Live on Stage


Microsoft Japan’s CEO Yasuyuki Higuchi has been humiliated live on stage as Microsoft’s glitzy Akihabara Windows 7 launch event was turned to farce by a failure of the operating system’s glitch prone touchpanel support

Flanked by two spandex clad warriors, Microsoft’s top man in Japan attempted to demonstrate the superiority of Windows 7 to the assembled crowd.

However, from about 3 minutes in Mr Higuchi has evident trouble getting his touchscreen to do anything…

“The light is a bit strong…”

Coming so soon after a complete failure of the system live on Japanese morning TV, this is nothing less than a PR disaster, and a probable personal humiliation to poor Mr Higuchi, who can be seen making a speedy exit, doubtless with the intent of making some very nasty phone calls.

Some are wondering whether they might not wish to stop playing up their evidently useless touchpanel features and instead focus their efforts on the delectable Nanami Madobe, who at least will not malfunction embarrassingly at major marketing events…

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    Avatar of hasegawamiki
    Comment by hasegawamiki
    04:14 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is a shame, cause Nanami is actually kinda cute xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I used XP for many years. But now i upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate i like it better than XP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:00 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well maybe if an idiot wouldn't tap it with his nail it will actually work ROFL!. got are Asians stupid or what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think this might be a bit too critical of windows 7, whilst the actual culprit should be the touchscreen itself.

    But considering that the site has written supportive articles on the 360, there's no implication that microsoft is being bashed in anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'd think they at least do a dummy test backstage before doing it live on T.V. or on live on stage...

    You know, to figure out the problem

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if it was a light based touch screen using a fingernail does not obstruct much light so it should really be his own fault

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    Comment by dimitry
    03:02 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who would want to use touch screen anyways? Not like it has any real good use at the moment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps the zoom in and scrolling features might be useful :D

    Avatar of HentaiInRealLifeIsNotAwesome
    03:05 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they should have done a bit more testing before they did a public demonstration

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well.... looks like Windows XP has yet another lease on life with at least 5 more years of service.

    Windows Me - FAIL
    Windows Vista - FAIL
    and now Windows 7 - FAIL

    For God's sakes Microsoft just go back to an XP interface and improve some of the features there and release it.

    05:39 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ultraman is running windows now?
    Fortunately Voltron runs BSD ,Big-O is a Mac,Magner-Z runs itron,The Gunbusters and Yuki are Amiga's, the Yamato and Arcadia run QNX and Gundams run Linux.
    TTGL runs it's own OS called Awesome OS so we still won't be screwed when the aliens show up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    didnt they do any probes before the tv program?

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    Comment by chad001
    05:50 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "And instead focus their efforts on the delectable Nanami Madobe, who at least will not malfunction embarrassingly at major marketing events…"...

    She would be even more delectable is she would "malfunction embarrassingly at major marketing events…"...
    If you know what I mean...

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    Comment by Charkan
    02:56 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One more video - Windows 7 Fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not Microsoft's or Windows' fault.

    It's probably just the capacitive screen. Capacitive (like in the iPhone) means that you cannot use pens or your fingernails, you have to use the tip of your fingers, otherwise it won't react at all.

    The only flaw I see is that nobody told them that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fingernails don't work well with touchscreens.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:18 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? Dosnt he know you have to use TWO fingers to zoom in or out? Man.... now that's embarassing.

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    Comment by Elle Lowel
    23:25 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So do you think Nana-tan (7-tan) will be paired with ME-tan? Because they both are glitchy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:02 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The better touch alternative:

    Who will not agree?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll just keep using my XP Pro thanks. People laughed at me when I refused Vista, and I was the one who ended up laughing in the end.

    I'll re-evaluate Windows 7 in a year or so, maybe after the first service pack. Right now, My XP Pro is rock solid.

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    Comment by AinoPanda
    01:47 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ultraman to the resc. . . ?

    oh! is this windows, damn wrong way l8rs

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    Comment by motaku96
    02:33 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They really should stop advertising the touch screen till they've worked out all the bugs. Focus on Nanami. Imagine nanami showing up on stage. That would be awesome. Or some windows7 sponsored Nana mizuki concert.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And this is the reason why Microsoft just doesn't get any love in Japan.

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    Comment by Artefact
    05:22 27/10/2009 # ! Astronomical

    Microsoft seems to get a lot of love in Japan?

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    Comment by child_of_lileth
    00:50 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel kinda bad for him. They really should have tested it more if they were gonna plan a public display like that. Then again, maybe it was pressure sensitive, and he wasn't pressing hard enough or something.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by ShadowGryphon
    06:43 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spandex clad ?! wtf ?! they are not wearing spandex for one, and two, you mean to tell me that not ONE person here, besides me, recognizes Ultra Seven and his son Zero ?! It's a shame that you all frequent this site and do not know who Ultra Seven is (you know, One of the Ultra brothers ?)
    You are not the fans of Japanese culture that you claim to be.
    Three, it's either XP or Windows 7..... vista is windows ME in disguise.
    And to be fair, no one expects -any- OS to be perfect off the bat, but at least 7 is damned sight better than vista is/was.

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    I don't think anyone around here cares about sentai. They do introduce them in the video anyway. And if not spandex, what?

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    Comment by basilio
    02:31 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually Sony getting back at Microsoft, by providing them with faulty hardware and humiliating them in public.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who's the woman presenter at the beginning?

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    Comment by GHS
    16:31 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The woman of your dreams.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 13/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno how many of you remember when Bill Gates was demoing Windows 98 only to have it BSOD on him. Now THAT was embarrassing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 29/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is why i use linux :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:56 29/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't want to spend thousands of dollars of my hard-earned money to join Microsoft's Windows 7 beta testing program.

    I recommend that everyone use or at least, try Ubuntu instead. (Can also be tried using a virtualization software in Windows like VirtualBox).

    If haven't read Ubunchu, the manga about Ubuntu, get it here:

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    Comment by man1
    18:42 01/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. I second suggestions should find out whether it's a resistive or capacitive touchscreen and the proper gestures. Technicians might tested it out beforehand, but maybe not the presenter.

    Riding on the wave of suggestions for Nanami-tan to appear live, if only they would do it a la Miku Hatsune concert. Pipo Pipo ni Shite Ageru anyone?

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    Comment by Ero-Kurage
    10:31 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL ! Fuxking MS did it again. I got a new VAIO in Aug, so they mailed me a free U/G copy of Windows7, but I am not using it simply because of MS's famous history of bugs-full new products, maybe 6 months later. This Vista only giving me minor headaches, so I will bare with it.

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    17:55 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even the mighty Ultraman were helpless to save MS from the humiliation

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    Comment by Artos
    09:08 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But I WANT to see Nanami Madobe malfunction embarrassingly...

    Comment by cloudninja
    07:23 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember a lot of News Networks (MSNBC comes to mind first) used the touch screen EXTREMELY effectively during the 2008 election. Also, though it's a TV show, the new NCIS also has a "touch screen" ( TV magic or real? That's for you to decide) that looks really cool. Hell Saturday Night Live had a spoof that was hilarious about touchscreens!

    ANYWAY, it's not THAT BAD of a failure. I think this shows that touch screens aren't as intuitive as we may think they are, and you may need a little practice before going up on a big stage, in front of your peers, to absolutely fail. Things like this happen, but if it's something this important they should have had SOMETHING as a back up plan. I say it's poor planning on the companies part. To me it's obvious that he barely knew what he was doing, but he still shows that it works (when it works).

    I'm still getting Windows 7 (free upgrade) and it's better than Vista, and this touchscreen feature will never be used by me in the near future so I'm not convinced to stay with Vista or go back to XP.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    07:26 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just hate these dumb shows for stuff as intrascendent as a Vista upgrade.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    07:43 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    By "intrascendent" I actually meant to say irrelevant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    look carefully
    he is using his fucking nail not his finger

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe they forgot to enable the touchscreen...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The demo failed because he's using his fingernails. The LCD they are using is probable a "Capacitive Touch Screen", The same one used in Apple's Iphone. Try using your fingernails on the Iphone and see if it would work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Steve ballmer must be killed

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And just what does Windows have anything to do with ultraman? Is that the suit's OS? ._. Better revert to Linux

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This was user error since the guy was using his finger nails at first which doesn't work and later he wasn't double clicking fast enough. He needed to reduce the double click speed or change to single click mode since he wasn't fast enough.

    OS-tan will need something else since this person just doesn't know how to properly use a touchscreen.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:20 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's dumb and doesnt know shit about computers.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:23 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And what did he said? "The light is a bit strong" ?

    Touchscreen functionality is based on capacitors diffirentials, it has nothing to do with light!

    Man, what a douchebag.

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    Comment by Frans
    01:25 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should research touchscreen tech more before calling someone a douchebag... Now, I don't know what type of touchscreen they use, but most likely it use optical touch tech which use optical sensor that detect infra-red. If you have bright enough light it can mess with the optical sensor.
    Why are manufacturers using this tech? probably because it's a lot easier and cheaper to produce for large screen compared to something like capacitive touch and the fact that you don't even have to really touch the screen since it detect the interruption of the ir light source thus can make the screen last longer.

    Dell, HP, Sony and probably a few other manufacturers of touchscreen desktop monitor use this tech.

    I'm not saying that the problem is definitely because of the lighting condition... even if it is, they should really anticipate it before it happen.

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    Comment by Riiku
    01:31 27/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You may be right.

    I guess I was wrong then. Sorry

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